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. China's media workers not in good physical shape: report

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Beijing (AFP) Nov 7, 2008
Almost all of China's media workers are suffering from less than ideal health, largely due to heavy smoking, irregular meals and sleep, and sedentary lifestyles, state media reported Friday.

About 97.5 percent of China's media workers had "sub-optimal health," meaning that their general physical condition was poor even though they had no specific diseases, the Xinhua news agency said.

The findings were the result of a study published by the Chinese Medical Doctors Association based on 23,640 physical examinations, it said.

The results were published on the eve of China's "Journalist Day," an annual event marking the contribution of the communist nation's journalists to its social development.

About 73 percent of China's general population is classified as in sub-optimal health, Xinhua said, defining the term as poor health marked by low vitality and a poor immune system.

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