Malaysians Facing a Fat Crisis

Back in October of last year the AFP reported that Malaysian officials were worried about the number of diseases the Western lifestyle would bring to their country. Well, it seems their worries might just become a reality. The AFP is now reporting that Malaysians will face an epidemic of obesity-related disease in ten years:
Malaysia will likely face an "epidemic" of weight-related illnesses in the next ten years if the country's rising obesity rates are not checked, health minister Chua Soi Lek warned Thursday.

Chua said medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and knee problems had increased in tandem with rising obesity levels.

"It has reached a worrying level and if there is no concerted effort by government agencies as well as the public, we will face a non-communicable diseases epidemic in 10 to 15 years," the minister told reporters.
At this rate we soon won’t have any healthy populations to compare ourselves too!
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Ravi - April 8, 2007 10:59 PM

What you are saying is so very true. I recently (in December) spent a month traveling all over India. I travelled in the north and south, east and west.

Everywhere, I was amazed to see many skinny/fit people (admittedly, many of these people were also VERY poor) but equally amazed to see so many overweight people.

Dietary habits are changing, with more people eating refined sugars/sweets and colas. People are taking the bus insteas of walking. With IT/Technology industry booming, people are having more sedentary work.

All of this change is brining some affluence to India, which is a good thing, but is also making India the Diabetic Capital of the World! It is a sad thing to see.

A first step is massive education for the people. In small villages in India, people have who have had NOTHING their entire lives are not in a position to know what to eat and what not to eat.

I hope that the medical community (and capitalist commercial food producers) can wake up and figure out how to provide more healthy foods in masse for a large and hungry population.

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