17 Nov '11, 4am

Childhood obesity rates in Singapore less than half of region's

Childhood obesity rates in Singapore less than half of region's

Compared to the region, which has a childhood overweight percentage of 23 per cent, Singapore's rate in 2010 was 10.9 per cent. -- PHOTO: MUHD NADZI ABU SUJAD By Lim Yan Liang Students here are less than half as likely to be overweight than their peers in South-east Asia. Compared to the region, which has a childhood overweight percentage of 23 per cent, Singapore's rate in 2010 was 10.9 per cent. This statistic was revealed at the third Educating For Health (EFH) conference that kicked off on Thursday at Republic Polytechnic. More than 900 teachers, counsellors, health care professionals as well as parents were in attendance. Attributing the good result to increased physical education (PE) curriculum time and the optimal deployment of qualified PE teachers in primary and secondary schools here, Senior Parliament Secretary for the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry o...

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