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Hey, Guess Which Country Is The Most Obese In Southeast Asia

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Hey, Guess Which Country Is The Most Obese In Southeast Asia
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See, all those nasi lemak and roti canai will eventually come back to haunt us.

A recent survey has crowned Malaysians as the most obese people in Southeast Asia.

The 'Tackling Obesity in Asean' survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, revealed that Malaysia has an obesity prevalence of 13.3 per cent. Our overweight prevalence, meanwhile, is at 38.5 per cent.

So, in short, it means that we're unhealthy af lah.

The bad news doesn't end there, though.

The survey also revealed that Malaysian women topped the region in number of productive years lost because of obesity, between seven and twelve years.

Malaysian men came in second in the region, losing six to eleven productive years because of obesity.

Not only that; the report also revealed that only a third of Malaysians had ever exercised, and only 14 per cent exercised adequately. 

Yep, these are some really alarming numbers.

What a typical Malaysian selfie looks like.
The Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (Arofiin) secretariat Bruno Kistner told The New Straits Times that part of the cause was due to Malaysians' love for food as well their "strong culture of entertaining guests with food".

He also added that government has forked out between RM4.26 billion and RM8.53 billion to care for obese Malaysians.

And here's the thing: a lot of Malaysians are losing their lives as a result of this unhealthy lifestyle. 

Coronary heart disease is reportedly the top killer disease in the country, accounting for about 24.7 per cent of deaths in both public and private hospitals in 2013, according to a report by The Star Online.

Then, according to another report by The Star Online, about 3.5 million Malaysians aged 18 years and above have diabetes.

So guys, for your own sake, please lay off the food and exercise regularly.
 
 
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