Over 60 percent of youngsters afraid to look at med examination reports for fear of bad news

62.6 percent of respondents admit they are too scared to look at their medical examination reports, according to a recent survey.

1,979 young people aged between 18 and 35 took part in the survey, which was conducted by the social survey center of China Youth Daily via wenjuan.com.

When asked why they are afraid to look at their medical reports, 62.6 percent of respondents said they were worried the physical examinations would show negative results.

The survey suggested that they were mainly concerned about high blood pressure and blood fat, heart or lung dysfunction, and other problems related to the spine, immune system and digestion.

Meanwhile, 60.9 percent of those asked admitted that they had adopted an unhealthy lifestyle which may have caused damage to their health.

Young people are more likely to stay up late, not exercise enough and have a poor diet, said Wang Xingguo, director of nutrition department at the Dalian Municipal Central Hospital, citing that young people drink too many soft drinks, don’t stay hydrated, and eat a lot of take-out food and overly processed snacks.

Wang believes it necessary to further health education among the younger generations, so they realize the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Mini home appliances boom in China

Small home appliances designed for one person are becoming increasingly popular among Chinese consumers as young people have higher demands for their quality of life, Chongqing Morning Post reported.

Statistics from Tmall, Alibaba’s online marketplace, suggested that a total of 2.3 million mini kitchen appliances were sold on the platform during China’s shopping holiday on November 11, a year-on-year growth twice that of kitchen appliances as a whole.

The huge market potential has driven mini household products to become more diversified, said Zhu Mingxuan, operation manager of Tmall’s home appliance sector, citing the example of kitchen appliances, which have expanded from electric kettles and rice cookers to those with multiple functions, such as soybean milk machines, coffee makers and sandwich toasters.

The boom in small household appliances correlates with Chinese families becoming smaller, many insiders pointed out. Traditional families of three are now often divided into two small families as single children move out, said Liu Yuanju, a researcher with the Shanghai Institute of Finance and Law.

Along with the increasing income comes their higher demands for quality of life, which is why this generation is fond of mini household appliances with multiple functions, Liu added.