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Widening waistlines spell opportunity

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A fitness club pool in Singapore's central business district   © Reuters

SINGAPORE   With "Western-style" ailments such as obesity and diabetes on the increase in Asia, health-related businesses are ramping up their efforts to keep those diseases at bay.

Asia's spending on health care has been soaring. By 2017, the region's expenditure will reach $2.1 trillion, 24% of the global total, according to a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit. "As incomes rise, education levels also improve, creating much greater awareness of health issues," the report said.

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