2.1 Main Points of Article Malaysian eating habits
There are several main areas being addressed by the authors in the article. Among them is the increasing number of obesity among Malaysians today. In 2010, Malaysia was ranked sixth by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Obesity has become a serious problem in Malaysia where the number of obesity among young people including children is increasing. Obesity can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart attack, kidney disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Until the article is written, 14.9% and 43% of Malaysians aged above 30 suffer from diabetes and hypertension respectively. 20.7% of adults over 18 suffer from high cholesterol.
It is also touched on the factors contributing to obesity. Malaysia has been known as the Food Heaven. Food shops are open 24 hours and food is available everywhere and at any time. This has changed the way Malaysian eating and it has turn out to be out to be an unhealthy eating habits. There are also so-called 'emotional eater' where they will take double the amount of food when having stress in order to forget the problems.
The next point being discussed is, how to prevent obesity, namely by doing regular exercise. However, many are reluctant to practice even simple routines like walking to places nearby like to the shop, to school or to the office or use the stairs instead of using elevators or a lift to the office.
According to a study made, obesity can be inherited. This may be a result of eating habits within the family itself. There are findings that show heredity as a strong factor of obesity.
Several steps were taken by the Ministry of Health Malaysia and NGOs to create awareness and address the problem of obesity, such as hiring 300 dieticians to serve in government clinics in the country in order to decrease the number of obesity.
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