Relationships among healthy lifestyle beliefs and body mass index in urban China

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Consumption is a major driving force in China's economy. The consumer society is particularly emerging in the more urbanized and affluent regions in China. Given the rise of consumerism on the one hand, and the rise of overweight and obesity on the other, this study explored whether the proliferating consumer culture is a threat to the traditional health culture in China. The lifestyle-oriented approach used in this study does not confirm a straightforward relationship between an upward trend in Chinese with (economic) assets to join the consumer society and a downward trend in health interest among urban Chinese. The result that the rise of the consumer society is not directly accompanied by a devaluation of health issues does not imply that lifestyle research is of no use. On the contrary, this paper successfully identified four dimensions of health-related lifestyle for urban China, namely Food-health Belief, Perceived Knowledge, Health Careless and Group Conformity. This result is informative with respect to the complexity of sociocultural factors influencing the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-16
JournalInternational Journal of Consumer Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • consumption
  • obesity
  • adolescents
  • overweight
  • patterns


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