Malaysia is Asia’s heavyweight champion

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ObesityMainMalaysia has been rated as the highest among Asian countries for obesity, after it held the title to be ASEAN’s fattest nation for a while. The Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, said new findings from British medical journal The Lancet showed that no less than 49 per cent of women and 44 per cent of men in Malaysia were found to be obese.

“This is a very big problem because it has implication on diabetes, heart conditions and others, and our prime minister has asked the global science and innovation advisory council to work on this,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on June 16.

According to a new study published last month by The Lancet, Malaysia was rated heavyweight champion at 45.3 per cent of its population, followed by South Korea (33.2 per cent), Pakistan (30.7 per cent) and China (28.3 per cent).

Zakri was at the launch of the United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) medical center. He said the presence of the UNU-IIGH would help the government to find a way to solve the issue in this country.

UNU-IIGH would emphasise on several key issues of universal concerns like physical and mental health hazards posed by the world’s rapid ongoing urbanisation. In Malaysia, it will also look at the policy level that plays an equal importance towards meeting the needs for integrative thinking about health, climate change, urbanisation and biodiversity loss.

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Malaysia has been rated as the highest among Asian countries for obesity, after it held the title to be ASEAN's fattest nation for a while. The Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, said new findings from British medical journal The Lancet showed that no less than 49 per cent of women and 44 per cent of men in Malaysia were found to be obese. "This is a very big problem because it has implication on diabetes, heart conditions and others, and our prime minister has asked the global science and innovation advisory council to work...

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ObesityMainMalaysia has been rated as the highest among Asian countries for obesity, after it held the title to be ASEAN’s fattest nation for a while. The Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, said new findings from British medical journal The Lancet showed that no less than 49 per cent of women and 44 per cent of men in Malaysia were found to be obese.

“This is a very big problem because it has implication on diabetes, heart conditions and others, and our prime minister has asked the global science and innovation advisory council to work on this,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on June 16.

According to a new study published last month by The Lancet, Malaysia was rated heavyweight champion at 45.3 per cent of its population, followed by South Korea (33.2 per cent), Pakistan (30.7 per cent) and China (28.3 per cent).

Zakri was at the launch of the United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) medical center. He said the presence of the UNU-IIGH would help the government to find a way to solve the issue in this country.

UNU-IIGH would emphasise on several key issues of universal concerns like physical and mental health hazards posed by the world’s rapid ongoing urbanisation. In Malaysia, it will also look at the policy level that plays an equal importance towards meeting the needs for integrative thinking about health, climate change, urbanisation and biodiversity loss.

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