Malaysian Student’s BMI, Obesity And Canteen Food

Last Update June 22nd, 2017

Let’s talk about Malaysian student’s BMI, obesity and canteen food today.

The Malaysia cartoon below by cartoonist Kher, is taking a jab at the recent issue raised by the then Malaysia Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (2011), to help parents monitor their school-going children’s health.

According to Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysia is currently ranked sixth among Asian countries and first in South-East Asia for a high percentage of obese citizens.

Malaysian Student's BMI, Obesity And Canteen FoodHe wanted the Malaysian student’s Body Mass Index (BMI) to be listed on their report cards, so that parents would be able to know whether their child’s weight is ideal, overweight or obese.

Malaysian Student’s BMI, Obesity And Canteen Food

The ministry data estimated that around 1.7 million Malaysians aged 18 and above were obese.

He added that younger people are getting diabetes. Our data recorded in 2006 shows that 15% of the population above 30 years old have diabetes.

As reported in the Malaysia latest news, new guidelines on food sold in school canteens, which includes frequency of certain food served, will be issued soon.

Then in 2016, the Malay Mail reported that Malaysia is known as Asia’s fattest country, recorded an increase in its obesity rate in 2015.

In 2016, the latest statistics showing that the overweight and the obese make up nearly half the its 30 million populace.

The present Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said according to the National Health and Morbidity Survey of 2015, obese Malaysians make up 17.7 per cent of the population, while those who are categorized as overweight make up 30 per cent.

The obesity prevalence have increased drastically from 4.4 per cent in 1996 to 14 per cent in 2006.

He also said that diabetes was also affecting more people.

The statistics showing an increase from 11.6 per cent of the population affected in 1996 to 17.5 per cent in 2015.

In 2014, a study published by British medical journal The Lancet said Malaysia was rated the highest in Asia for obesity South Korea, Pakistan and China.

“Obesity is a condition which proves that the Lord does not help those who help themselves and help themselves and help themselves.” – Unknown