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1.5 Billion Obese People By 2015

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that more than one billion people are experiencing weight problems worldwide, and if left to continue the number of obese people may rise to 1.5 billion by 2015.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Medical Faculty dean and UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC) director, Prof Datuk Dr Lokman Saim, said in the Second National Health and Morbidity Survey 1996 it was found that 16.6 per cent of adults were overweight and 4.4 per cent were obese.

“This means that one of every five adults is overweight and this is worrying because it is linked to chronic cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

“Prevention and treatment need to be done at an early stage by eating a balanced diet and practising healthy lifestyle,” said Dr Lokman when launching the UKMMC-level Obesity Awareness Programme at the UKMMC main lobby, here, Wednesday.

The programme, organised by the UKM Nutrition and Dietetics Department, includes a health exhibition, fat analyses, food exhibition and body mass index analyses (BMI).

Dr Lokman said through the programme, UKMMC hoped to make the public aware of the obesity problem and educate them on how to treat the condition.

“This programme shows our concern and support for the government’s efforts in addressing the problem by giving health education to our staff and Malaysians in general,” he said.

A visitor, Husin Hasan, 62, from Tampin, Negeri Sembilan, said the programme could educate the public in making better nutritional choices and adopting good health habits to prevent obesity.

Source : BERNAMA

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