Malaysia’s Obesity Crisis

Malaysia is the most obese country in Asia with an obesity rate of more than 45.3% (BMI more than 25), according to British medical journal, The Lancet. This proofs Malaysia are in the midst of an obesity epidemic with no cure in sight. It is increasing effects on children and adolescents has threaten to roll back much of Malaysia’s progress made in living healthy and independent lives and in creating social harmony and economic productivity.

Being overweight or obese puts you at risk for a number of diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, and respiratory disorders. This is shown as Malaysia’s diabetes and high cholesterol rates have increased in tandem with the rise of obesity rates to 17.7% and 42.1% respectively, according to Ministry of Health. Also, risk of developing these diseases is even higher when weight is concentrated near the waist (belly fat).

Dr.Alice Prethima


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