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MANAGING OBESITY IN MALAYSIAN SCHOOLS: ARE WE DOING THE RIGHT STRATEGIES? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 September 2015 10:54

Vikneswaran A/L Sabramani1, Idayu Badila Idris1, Rosnah Sutan1, Zaleha Md. Isa1, Saidatul Norbaya Buang 2& Hasanain Faisal Ghazi1

1 Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2 Family Health Development Division, Ministry of Health , Putrajaya, Malaysia.

ABSTRACT

The evolution in lifestyle and dietary habits of the Malaysian people that have taken place over the last few decades can be largely attributed to both family and social environment. These factors are known to affect the nutritional status of the community, in both children and adults. Reduced physical activity and changes in their diet have been one of the contributing factors to the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity. However, in Malaysia, in which nutrition transition has been a norm, it is worrying when the trends of overweight and obesity have been rising steadily over the years especially among children. Although numerous strategies to control obesity in Malaysia have been taking place, many had shown little effect. Analysing strategies implemented at national level is thus crucial in order to ascertain reasons for the shortfalls of these strategies especially among children. Obesity most commonly begins as early as the ages of 5 and 6 years, or during adolescence. Obesity is indeed a major public health concern due to its huge negative impact on the society at large which is well supported by evidence-based literatures. Managing this issue is complex and holistic approach is thus crucial in reducing its incidence and prevalence.

 

Keyword: Childhood obesity, Schools,Malaysia, Strategies.

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