Malaysia’s obesity crisis: What are we doing about it?
Using the World Health Organization’s classification, the National Health & Morbidity Survey 2015 found that the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adults (18 years and above) in Malaysia were 30.0% and 17.7%. Ten years previously, it was 16.6% and 4.4% respectively.
More than half of the Malaysian population are now either overweight or obese. 11.9% of children under the age of 18 are obese.
The country is in the midst of an obesity epidemic.
Despite the presence of a national-level multisectoral taskforce and political commitment, tackling this issue as well as NCDs in general remains a daunting task, particularly in ensuring public awareness and support on the seriousness of this issue.
Join us for this edition of the Distinguished Speaker Series, as YB Dr. Lee Boon Chye, Deputy Minister of Health shares his views regarding the obesity crisis in Malaysia.