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15% Of Malaysians Obese, Still The Fattest Country In Southeast Asia

15% Of Malaysians Obese, Still The Fattest Country In Southeast Asia

While several factors contribute to obesity, Malaysians are often quick to point fingers at the delicious local food.

Fernando Fong

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As the economy slowly reopens after the pandemic lockdown, more and more gyms are reopening.

In addition, weight-loss dances and exercises are also gaining popularity.

That’s because obesity is a health problem that many people are concerned with nowadays.

Although obesity is so common, it is also one of the “killers” that cause human death.

According to the United Nations, more than 4 million people die each year due to being overweight or obese.

Therefore, for the sake of their own health problems, preventing obesity has become the primary goal of many people.

The Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) further highlighted the problem with a posting on social media recently.

PPIM pointed out that 15.6 percent of the country’s population are obese.

Standing Out For the Wrong Reason

Some people may think that 15.6% is still very low, but Malaysia occupies the first place in Southeast Asia.

The second is Brunei, and the third is Thailand with 14.1% and 10% respectively.

The rests are Indonesia (6.9%), the Philippines (6.4 percent), Singapore (6.1%), Myanmar (5.8%), Laos (5.3 percent), Cambodia (3.9 percent) and Vietnam (2.1 percent).

In your opinion, why many people in Malaysia are overweight?

PPIM on obesity in Malaysia

From another perspective, it means that three out of 20 people in Malaysia are facing obesity, a proportion that should ne of concern.

Blame It On The Nasi Lemak

Meanwhile, netizens also gave their two cents on the issue.

Because the people of other countries do not have nasi lemak as breakfast like the people in Malaysia.

Instagram user @mohd_alifff on obesity problems in Malaysia

Malaysians are less athletic and like to try various cuisines, the cause of weight gain.

Instagram user @deeahmad on obesity problems in Malaysia

Other netizens added that all the food in Malaysia is delicious, which is why the people are fat.

At the end of the day, let us bear in mind that obesity data is not used to scare people, but to awaken people to pay attention to health issues.

READ MORE: Why It’s So Dang Hard For Malaysians To Avoid Diabetes

Nasi lemak is a dish that has most of its calories coming from carbs and fats. (Credit: TRP)

How Can You Prevent Being Obese

Obesity can be a “killer” that causes people to die, and of course it can also be prevented.

Since it can be prevented, why not prevent it?

In addition, obesity can cause diabetes, fatty liver and other problems.

And in serious cases, it affects our hearts and cerebrovascular diseases.

In addition to hypertension, it can also cause myocardial infarction, heart disease and other problems, and can also lead to our cerebral infarction or sudden death.

The most important strategies for preventing obesity are healthy eating.

Our lifestyle, such exercises and spending time together, can also prevent us from becoming overweight.

Here’s a list of some ways to avoid being overweight or having obesity.

  • Consume less “bad” fat and more “good” fat.
  • Consume less processed and sugary foods.
  • Eat more servings of vegetables and fruits.
  • Eat plenty of dietary fiber.
  • Focus on eating low–glycemic index foods.
  • Get the family involved in your journey.
  • Engage in regular aerobic activity.
Your goal should be to get 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week. (Credit: Kamaji Ogino/Pexels)

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