Friday, November 28, 2014

Malaysia, FATTEST In South East Asia, by The Star


Malaysia, FATTEST in South East Asia!! (Malaysia, negara TERGEMUK di Asia Tenggara)

The article is from The Star online news paper.

Are you shocked? I'm not. Are you contributing to the statistics? Might wanna do something about it. :)


Are we concerned about expanding waistlines in Malaysia?

Our love of fat and carb-heavy dishes, coupled with a preference for a sedentary lifestyle, has earned Malaysia the nickname 'The Fattest Country in South-East Asia'.
Our love of fat and carb-heavy dishes, coupled with a preference for a sedentary lifestyle, has earned Malaysia the nickname 'The Fattest Country in South-East Asia'.
Malaysians have a passionate love affair with their lip-smacking cuisine – rich curries, succulent fried chicken, buttery breads and creamy drinks – but it is increasingly an unhealthy relationship. 
Malaysia is South-East Asia’s fattest country, where a nationwide foodie culture is feeding mounting concern over what its health minister calls “an obesity epidemic.”
“We are the most obese nation in South-East Asia, and Malaysians are becoming more and more obese,” says Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam, warning of a “crisis in unhealthy behaviour.”
Needing exercise: Malaysia has 2.6 million adults with diabetes – a figure that's expected to spike to 4.5 million in 2020. – AFP
Nearly 45% of Malaysian men and almost half of women are overweight or obese, according to a 2013 study by UK medical journal Lancet, compared to global rates of around 30%.
A recent report by consultants McKinsey Global Institution found obesity now costs the global economy US$2 trillion (approx RM6.7 trillion) in healthcare and lost productivity – or 2.8% of global GDP – just $100 billion less than both smoking and armed conflict. The study warned almost half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030 and called for a “coordinated response“ from governments, retailers and food and drink manufacturers.
In Malaysia, childhood obesity rates also are climbing, from less than 10% a decade ago to nearly 14% in 2008, according to the most recent figures, saddling health systems with a new generation of diabetes, hypertension and other obesity-related illnesses
Already, some 2.6 million adults have diabetes, a figure authorities expect to spike to 4.5 million in 2020. Malaysia has a population of around 29 million.

But a key factor is the national love for Malaysia’s delicious but rich fare: spicy curries made with fattening coconut milk, carb-heavy rice dishes, and sugary drinks like teh tarik, sweetened condensed milk. The breaking of bread is of vital social and cultural importance in each of multi-racial Malaysia’s main ethnic groups and is enthusiastically embraced.
Open-air food stalls are a fixture in every neighbourhood, often open 24 hours and full of late-diners – a major health no-no, according to doctors.
Fast food giants McDonald’s and KFC also do a roaring business, and Malaysians are among the world’s top per-capita sugar consumers.

The sweet life
Compounding the issue, languid, tropical Malaysia has historically lacked a strong tradition of active outdoor leisure pursuits, due in part to the sweltering weather, Islamic modesty, and shortage of public spaces for exercise.
Subramaniam, the health minister, says the problem eventually “will affect productivity and impact our economic development.”
Over the past year, the government has ramped up public-awareness campaigns and mass street-exercise activities. Subsidies that kept prices of sugar and cooking oil low have been reduced in recent years, for joint budgetary and health reasons.
Fitness chains, a relatively undeveloped industry in Malaysia, now report growing numbers of health-conscious members.
“At least three out of 10 people who sign up at our gym do it because of illnesses including obesity and heart-related illness,” says Elaine Yap, marketing manager with fitness chain Jatomi, which has four outlets.
More than 3 out of 4 diabetics shrugged off doctor's advice to change their lifestyles, says a study. – Filepic
Experts say far more official action is needed.
Mohamad Ismail Noor, president of the Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity, backs emerging calls to ban 24-hour food outlets, cut sugar content in beverages, further reduce sugar and cooking oil subsidies, and build more parks.
“We need to take stern action. The government has to put its foot down and say 24-hour outlets are not healthy. Obesity is the mother of all diseases,” he says.
But old habits die hard.
A study of nearly 1,700 seriously ill diabetics released last week found that more than three out of four shrugged off doctor’s advice on changing their lifestyles, Malaysian media reported.
The study also reportedly found that diabetes-related eye complications in such patients increased from 35% in 2008 to 49% in 2013, while kidney complications rose six percentage points to 42%.


So it is mentioned the main reason adalah pemakanan yang tinggi lemak dan karbo, dan juga gaya hidup yang tidak aktif. 

Ada yang berkata, "Kalau nak perut kempis minum air detox" "Pakai korset" "Pakai krim bakar lemak" "Tak payah jaga makan minum je minuman buang lemak ni". Semuanya temporary weight loss je. The real ways to losing weight adalah MENGUBAH GAYA HIDUP. 

Really, important points dalam penjagaan berat badan:

Kalau minum air detox or pakai krim bakar lemak pun, agak-agak in the end apa jadi dengan lemak yang kita makan tu? Kalau tak dibuang dengan cara cut calorie dan exercise, jadilah jugak penyakit lain in the future.

2) Bakar kalori - exercise

3) Ketahui kualiti kalorie anda. 
Kalori pun terbahagi kepada Lemak, Karbo, dan Protein. Kalau makanan tu rendah kalori pun tapi kalorinya semuanya karbo (gula), atau lemak, pun tak elok juga. 

Respon biasa yang kami terima dalam menjalankan survey kesihatan:
"Oh malaslah nak jaga makan. Saya makan apa yang ada je." -wanita
"Eh saya tak gemuk. Saya okey" - lelaki, kulit dan tubuhnya jelas sekali kelihatan tidak sihat. 

These kind of answers, yang akan melahirkan generasi overweight terus menerus. It's okay to be overweight, and usaha untuk turun berat dan jaga kesihatan. But it's not okay to be proud of it. -__-"

Few weeks ago aku kembali ke sekolah menengah ku, terkejut betul tengok pelajar-pelajar sekolah menengah itu muka semuanya kelihatan tua, dan semuanya jelas sekali overweight!! Especially lelaki. Yang perempuan mungkin berselindung di sebalik baju kurung dan tudung. Yang lelaki, nak kejar bola di padang pun bergegar-gegar lemaknya. Baru sekolah menengah. As I recalled, my friends, boys, zaman sekolah dulu mostly kurus macam jerangkung, which is fine lah berbanding umur 15 tahun dah ada lemak bergegar! Majoriti pulak tu, bukan minoriti. shockingly sad. 

I joked with my husband, "Seems like handsome slim boys will become rare species in the future."  

I do hope we are not moving towards making Wall-E movie comes true. 

Dalam survey kesihatan yang kami jalankan setiap hari, ada juga yang turun 20kg dengan usaha sendiri. I feel so proud to meet these people!! Guys you should share your stories, as inspiration for those who are in the process. :)

Ada juga yang tidak mampu turun berat badan sendiri. Kurang motivasi, tak pandai kira kualiti kalori betul-betul, memerlukan produk nutrisi bantuan untuk provide basic nutrients, dan sebagainya. Mereka mereka inilah yang kami akan bantu. Can read more in our Pengurusan Berat Badan section.

Good luck in being healthy dear Malaysians!! ;)

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