Friday, June 6, 2008

Half The Population Prone To Obesity, Says Liow

"Almost half the country’s population [Malaysia] is prone to obesity, said Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai. He said the age of those affected by obesity was getting younger, adding that many Malaysians do not maintain a healthy lifestyle. ‘When your input is more than output (eating too much), automatically one will gain weight and slowly but surely, he or she will become overweight’ ‘Malaysians should stick to a healthy diet and exercise regularly,’ he told reporters Friday after launching the 25th Health Ministry Sports Meet at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Liow said a well-maintained body weight was necessary to keep away diseases. He said obesity could lead to non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart attack and high blood pressure."

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