Malaysia remains fattest country in Southeast Asia

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obeseA new report once again put Malaysia at the top rank in Southeast Asia’s obesity statistics. According to a report by UK-based poverty and disaster relief group ranked Oxfam International, Malaysia ranked 44th out of a list of 125 countries globally and ahead of all other ASEAN countries.

Titled the Good Enough to Eat Index, it showed that Malaysia scored 76 out of a possible 100 under the diet diversity category, indicating that while food was ample in Malaysia, these food choices however are not nutritionally diverse. The report also showed that about 2.6 million Malaysians aged 18 and above were diabetics. This number is projected to hit 4.5 million by 2020.

Malaysians also consumed food of poor nutritional diversity. Food affordability also seemed to be a proble­m for Malaysia, with the country scoring a higher-than-average mark of 57 in terms of price levels. The tendency for food prices to fluctuate was however low, with Malaysia coming in with a score of 14.

Although the research found that Malaysi­ans did not suffer from any undernourishment, it showed a number of children were underweight, with a score of 28.

The country also shared its placing with six other countries: Maldives, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Moldova, Russia and Chile.

In terms of obesity, Kuwait ranked worst globally, while obesity in Bangladesh, Nepal and Ethiopia literally does not exist.

The Netherlands was ranked first as the country with the most nutritious and healthy food.

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A new report once again put Malaysia at the top rank in Southeast Asia’s obesity statistics. According to a report by UK-based poverty and disaster relief group ranked Oxfam International, Malaysia ranked 44th out of a list of 125 countries globally and ahead of all other ASEAN countries.

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obeseA new report once again put Malaysia at the top rank in Southeast Asia’s obesity statistics. According to a report by UK-based poverty and disaster relief group ranked Oxfam International, Malaysia ranked 44th out of a list of 125 countries globally and ahead of all other ASEAN countries.

Titled the Good Enough to Eat Index, it showed that Malaysia scored 76 out of a possible 100 under the diet diversity category, indicating that while food was ample in Malaysia, these food choices however are not nutritionally diverse. The report also showed that about 2.6 million Malaysians aged 18 and above were diabetics. This number is projected to hit 4.5 million by 2020.

Malaysians also consumed food of poor nutritional diversity. Food affordability also seemed to be a proble­m for Malaysia, with the country scoring a higher-than-average mark of 57 in terms of price levels. The tendency for food prices to fluctuate was however low, with Malaysia coming in with a score of 14.

Although the research found that Malaysi­ans did not suffer from any undernourishment, it showed a number of children were underweight, with a score of 28.

The country also shared its placing with six other countries: Maldives, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Moldova, Russia and Chile.

In terms of obesity, Kuwait ranked worst globally, while obesity in Bangladesh, Nepal and Ethiopia literally does not exist.

The Netherlands was ranked first as the country with the most nutritious and healthy food.

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