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duals look in real life without the posing, the filters, the photoshopping and the professional hair and make-up,” Martz said.
Pan, the Renmin University researcher, also believes that pi
ctures shared frequently on social media impose peer pressure on women.
“If people around you look thin on WeChat Moments, you are inevi
tably anxious to fit the general profile of having the ‘right look’,” she said.
Articles have also gone viral in summer on WeChat Moments, with sensational headlines such as “Good-looking girls never
weigh more than 50 kilograms” or “If you don’t lose weight in May, you will cry out loud in June”.
Shen Zijiao, a psychological consultant at Beijing Normal University, said: “Women don’t know what kind of beauty is best for th
em; they just thumb through their phone screens and get the notions of ‘being slender’ consciously or uncons
ciously. They always worry if their bodies are inconsistent with the so-called perfect body shape.”
China produces more than 80 million tons of hazardous waste per year, instead of the official figure of 40 million tons.
Therefore, the total capacity for hazardous waste treatment in the country is insufficient, according to Wang.
The utilization rate of the capacity for hazardous waste dispo
sal also remains low. According to data that the Ministry of Ecology a
nd Environment provided to the NPC Standing Committee in 2017, only about 25 percent of China’s capacity was
in full operation and data from other sources also shows low utilization rates, Wang said.
“Some enterprises have failed to build sound systems for hazardous waste manageme
nt as required, or failed to implement them,” Wang said, adding that some companies had turned a blind eye to loo
pholes in the production process that could result in hazardous waste leakage.
In one case, Baoxun Precision Screws Co Ltd in Zhejiang province was found to have dumped about 1,072 tons of hazardou
s sludge into the Yangtze River in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces from July 2016 to May 2017.