BEIJING, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) slightly upgraded its forecast for China's annual economic growth on Tuesday, citing stronger-than-expected performance in the first half of 2016 and possible stimulus measures.

The ADB forecast that China's economy will grow 6.6 percent in 2016, up from its March projection of 6.5 percent, with 2017 growth estimated at 6.4 percent rather than the previous estimate of 6.3 percent.

"The economy is on track to achieve the government's annual average growth target of 6.5-7 percent," said ADB deputy chief economist Juzhong Zhuang in a statement.

The continued implementation of structural reforms should help China overcome risks, including weak export demand, falling manufacturing investment and the risk of asset price bubbles, Zhuang said.

The first-half performance for 2016 was supported by increased government infrastructure spending, strong retail spending and an accommodative monetary policy, the ADB said.

Services expanded their share of GDP by 1.8 percentage points in the first half from a year earlier, an indication of China's continued economic restructuring, it said.

However, the bank saw growth in other sectors, including industry and exports, remain under pressure, while growth in real disposable income slowed.

It predicted investment growth will weaken further, with credit growth slowing and spending on manufacturing remaining subdued, due to ongoing rebalancing of the economy and soft global demand.

In response, the government will likely take further stimulus measures to boost infrastructure, the ADB said.

Fiscal policy measures offer more scope for stimulus than monetary policy, given relatively low levels of central government debt and risks from easy credit, the bank suggested.

It noted that authorities must tread carefully when stimulating the economy to prevent too rapid credit expansions and real estate price bubbles, which could pose risks to the quality of bank assets.

The ADB forecast that the inflation rate in 2016 will move up to 2 percent from 1.7 percent projected in March amid ongoing price deregulation and rising service costs.

China's economy grew 6.7 percent year on year in the second quarter of this year, stable from the first quarter and slightly faster than expectations.


Chicago, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- While many would blame pregnancy for causing lasting weight gain and even obesity in child bearing women, a new study found that the real culprit seems to be lifestyle and age, according to a research released by the University of Michigan School of Nursing earlier this week.

In the new study, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing Olga Yakusheva examined the long-term weight gain of child bearing women compared to expected weight gain for women without kids.

Yakusheva and her colleagues looked at data for nearly 30,000 women who' d given birth between one and four times. They found that while most women never returned to their pre-pregnancy weight, their weight at 1-2 years after giving birth was almost identical to what they could have been expected to weigh if they didn't have children, according to the study.

The findings contradict common belief that adding extra pounds during pregnancy leads to long-term weight gain, but claimed that age and mom's lifestyle, like a busy mother denying her own exercise or finishing food on toddler's plate, were to blame for the weigh gain.

The study also found that women with and without children gained 1.94 pounds a year due to age, while the mothers with toddlers gained a full pound more annually than their childless peers.

"Many women really crank up their diet and exercise for a short time to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight, and often get discouraged by the results. But it's much better to take a holistic approach focused on long-term healthy lifestyle before, during and after pregnancy," Yakusheva said.

Yakusheva also emphasized that these finding should not make mothers feel guilty.

"Understanding the demands of motherhood and age-related weight gain is important for promoting positive expectations of body image after pregnancy," she said " As long as women are healthy, that is what matters."

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