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Maintaining a healthy weight
Achieving a balance between the amount of calories you consume from diet and the amount of calories you burn off via physical activity is crucial if you want to maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime.
Do you know that Malaysia is known as Asia's fattest country?
Malaysia recorded an increase in its obesity rate in 2015. The latest statistics showed that nearly 50% of the 30 million Malaysian population are either overweight or obese1
*based on the world health organizatian (1998) classification
Why are Malaysians getting fat?
Unhealthy food choices
Unbalanced daily diet
Age, gender and genetics can also affect one's risk of becoming overweight and obese.1,2
Is my weight healthy?
Find out now by calulating your body mass index (BMI) and measuring your waist circumference.
Healthy weight = Normal BMI + healthy waist circumference2
What is BMI?2
BMI = Weight(in kilograms) ÷ Height (in metres squared)
Alternatively, you can also use online BMI calculators or download phone apps to calculate your BMI and know your weight category.
How do I measure my waist circumference?3
Find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips
Wrap a tape measure around your waist midway between these points
Breathe out naturally
Take the measurement
Why do I need to maintain my weight in the healthy range?
Achieving a balance between the amount of calories you consume from diet and the amount of calories you burn off via physical activity is crucial if you want to maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime. Nevertheless, this may be difficult for many Malaysians due to the multiple variety of delicacies that are easily accessible in the country, and increased use of labour-saving devices and technology that has largely contributed to sedentary lifestyle.2
It is important to maintain your body weight within the healthy range throughout your life. This is because whether you are underweight, overweight or obese, it is harmful to you and your health.2
Disadvantages of being underweight, overweight or obese2
What can I do to achieve or maintain a healthy weight?
You can achieve or maintain a healthy weight by balancing calorie intake with physical activity2
Consume a healthy diet by eating according to the calorie recommendations