14 Oct '12, 11pm

Malaysia weighed down by obesity problem with almost half of the adults there overweight or obese

Malaysia weighed down by obesity problem with almost half of the adults there overweight or obese

KUALA LUMPUR - When Mr William Tan was still in his 20s, playing basketball and hitting the gym were part of his exercise regimen. But since switching jobs, the marketing executive, now 33 and bogged down by a more hectic work schedule, has seen the kilos pile onto his 1.76m frame. "I got busy. Then I got lazy. I wanted to enjoy my free time, eating and drinking," Mr Tan said. In just six years, his weight climbed from 76kg to 84kg, moving him from the "acceptable" to the "overweight" range. "At my age now, it's harder to lose weight than it was in my 20s," said Mr Tan, who is also busy preparing for his wedding next year. Not just Mr Tan but thousands of other Malaysians like him are also weighed down by excess fat. In fact, their expanding waistlines have Malaysian authorities worried about their health and the strain this would put on the public health-care system. The ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/se-asia/story/m...

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