Daily breakfast consumption with quality food choices contribute to a healthy lifestyle and should be encouraged in Malaysian children
Malaysia, like many developing countries, experiences the coexistence of the dual burden of malnutrition. While overnutrition is more prevalent than undernutrition, poor dietary habits such as irregular consumption of main meals (e.g. breakfast), frequent consumption of snacks and fast food, and low consumption of fruits and vegetables have led to deficiencies in essential micronutrients. Alexandra Prabaharan, a certified nutritionist with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA)
Setting standards through harmonizing recommended dietary allowances in Southeast Asia
The harmonization of recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) in the Southeast Asia (SEA) region is a collective effort of participating countries to achieve improvement in health, nutrition and welfare. This is accomplished by facilitating consumer education and improving public health for all populations in the region.
Shifting gears: Multifactorial approach needed to combat rising obesity in Malaysia
“An escalated effort is needed to address the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Malaysia”, says an expert. The call comes as nearly half of Malaysians fall into the obese category; not surprisingly, the burden of NCDs is correspondingly heavy. Already a substantial number of pre-school and schoolchildren in Malaysia are overweight or obese as was found the South East Asia Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS) study.
Majority of parents think their obese children are “just about the right weight”
A recently published study by Duncan, et al examined the prevalence of parental misconceptions in the US related to preschool children’s weight. Data from the above mentioned survey were gathered; with the earlier survey conducted from 1988 to1994 (n=3839) and the recent one from 2007 to 2012 (n=3153). Parents of children ages 2-5 years were asked whether they classified their child as overweight, underweight or just about the right weight....
Using World Health Organization standards to assess and predict the prevalence of childhood obesity among Children in Asia
Obesity is a global problem with increasing prevalence worldwide and this alarming trend is already prevalent during childhood (infants and children up to 19 years of age). The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the number of overweight or obese preschool children aged 0 to 5 years has risen from 32 million in 1990 to 42 million in 2013 globally and is estimated to reach 70 million by 2025.
WHO – Recommendations on reduced free sugar intake
The World Health Organization (WHO) supported systematic reviews on the intake of free sugars and their effects on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), mainly overweight/obesity and dental caries. The systematic reviews addressed these questions: 1. What is the effect of a decrease or increase in free sugars intake in adults and children? 2. What is the effect of restricting intake of free sugars to below 10% of total energy?