Peking University’s weight-loss course shows results and fuels online buzz

One-third of course participants lost more than 5 per cent of their body weight, and over half reduced their waist circumference by more than 5cm. - PHOTO: UNSPLASH via The Straits Times/ANN

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN): Peking University is making waves with a unique course designed to combat student weight gain.

The course, called Physical Ability Enhancement: Exercise And Nutrition, boasts impressive results, with one-third of participants losing more than 5 per cent of their body weight and over half reducing their waist circumference by more than 5cm.

The programme specifically targets overweight and obese students, defined by a body mass index (BMI) of more than 25.

“This isn’t about fad diets,” said the course’s creator, Professor Zhang Xiaoyuan. “Our goal is to instil healthy habits and accurate health knowledge.”

Prof Zhang clarifies that the BMI requirement ensures that those who do not need to lose weight are not enrolled.

The course goes beyond weight loss, also assisting students who struggle with university-mandated physical fitness tests. It offers comprehensive training in nutrition, exercise science and fitness techniques.

Specialised instructors guide students in areas like long-distance running, sprints, pull-ups and flexibility exercises.

The course has attracted many students. Participants laud the programme’s structured approach to nutrition, exercise routines and meal planning.

One student lost a remarkable 15kg.

Testimonials highlighted improved energy levels, increased stamina, better sleep and even a new-found love for rock climbing. Many students have also formed workout and dining partnerships, fostering motivation and accountability.

The programme’s popularity has extended beyond campus walls.

Netizens have expressed admiration, with many requesting online access and even cross-registration opportunities. Some social media users jokingly blame their weight struggles on not attending Peking University. -- China Daily/ANN

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