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- Updated: June 9, 2014
There is hardly any country in the world that has remained untouched by obesity, the number of obese people around the world is growing at an alarming rate and soon it will reach epic proportions. Southeast Asia still has one of the lowest obesity rates, but many countries are taking steps to stop obesity in its tracks before it becomes a major national health issue.
A recent study conducted by Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation finds that in the last 33 years, the obesity rates hadn’t increased in any of the 188 countries that were included in the study. South East Asia was also included in the study. World Health Organization has noted that obesity is prevalent both in developed countries as well as poor countries where the population lacks nutritional knowledge.
WHO however thinks in Southeast Asia, obesity is still low priority. That however isn’t convincing the countries in question. Only recently International Congress on Obesity was held in Malaysia. A discussion was held on how obesity can be tackled in Asian countries before it became a major health problem.
Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand have seen a recent spurt in obesity rates and have taken steps to keep it at bay.
According to Counsel & Heal, In Singapore, one of the main tactics is cutting calories by replacing foods with better options. For example, in childcare centers, white rice is being replaced by its healthier alternative, brown rice. In public areas, signs were created to encourage people to take the stairs as opposed to the elevators or escalators.”
In Malaysia, the government is handing out guidebooks to fight obesity. This year’s Nutrition Month Malaysia was also aimed at raising awareness about obesity.