Taiwanese lighter: survey
The percentage of Taiwanese adults who are overweight or obese dropped to 38 percent last year, declining for the first time in two decades, according to the latest survey by the Health Promotion Administration. The survey showed a decrease of 6 percentage points from the previous one conducted from 2005 to 2008, when 44 percent of adult Taiwanese were found to be overweight or obese, the agency said. Last year, the obesity rate was 45.9 percent among men and 33.1 percent among women, down from 51 percent and 36 percent respectively, the survey found. In the first national survey, conducted from 1993 to 1996, 33 percent of adults were found to be overweight or obese. In subsequent surveys, the rate showed an upward trend until last year, the agency said.
Tourist killed in Yilan
A Chinese tourist has died after the pedal boat he was riding in a scenic area in Yilan County overturned, local authorities said yesterday. Chen Guangjun (陳廣駿) was among a group of about 40 tourists who arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday. National Yang-Ming University Hospital in Yilan City said doctors temporarily restored Chen’s heartbeat and breathing, but he was pronounced dead late on Thursday. The man from Shanghai was found trapped under a capsized pedal boat in the Dah-hu Scenic Area and rushed to the hospital. He had no vital signs when he was pulled from the lake, emergency workers who were called to the scene said. He might have been trapped for as long as 20 minutes, a fellow tourist said. Chen had been on the boat with another tourist, surnamed Fan (樊), when the accident occurred. Fan alerted the others, saying the boat had overturned and Chen had gone missing.
UK exhibition opens
Taiwanese interested in studying in the UK have a chance to learn more as the British Council in Taiwan is to hold an education fair in Taipei today. Representatives from nearly 30 British language schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities are participating in the Education UK Spring Exhibition today through Monday in Taipei before it moves to Greater Kaohsiung, the British Council said. The London branch of world famous culinary institute Le Cordon Bleu has been lined up to speak with aspiring Taiwanese chefs and restaurant managers. Several prominent art schools, including the University for the Creative Arts, are also scheduled to answer questions amid what the council said is a trend of more students going to the UK to study fine arts.
ARATS chief visits panda
China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits Chairman Chen Deming (陳德銘) fulfilled his wish to see the giant panda cub at the Taipei Zoo, making a visit there yesterday before leaving Taiwan at the end of a three-day trip. The eight-month-old cub, called Yuan Zai (圓仔), was active in her enclosure and the visitors posed for pictures with it. When Chen visited Taiwan for the first time in November last year, Yuan Zai was too young to be put on public display. At the time, Chen said he he hoped to see her on his next visit. In an apparent attempt at making a panda punchline, Chen told Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) that the mayor looked like a giant panda.