Managing obesity in malaysian schools: Are we doing the right strategies?

Vikneswaran A L Sabramani, Idayu Badilla Idris, Rosnah Sutan, Zaleha Md Isa, Saidatul Norbaya Buang, Hasanain Faisal Ghazi

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-83
Number of pages9
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Exercise
Diet
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Keywords

  • Childhood obesity
  • Malaysia
  • Schools
  • Strategies

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Managing obesity in malaysian schools : Are we doing the right strategies? / Sabramani, Vikneswaran A L; Idris, Idayu Badilla; Sutan, Rosnah; Md Isa, Zaleha; Buang, Saidatul Norbaya; Ghazi, Hasanain Faisal.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2015, p. 75-83.

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Sabramani, Vikneswaran A L ; Idris, Idayu Badilla ; Sutan, Rosnah ; Md Isa, Zaleha ; Buang, Saidatul Norbaya ; Ghazi, Hasanain Faisal. / Managing obesity in malaysian schools : Are we doing the right strategies?. In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine. 2015 ; Vol. 15, No. 2. pp. 75-83.
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