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Malaysians winning MCO weight war

Written by: Bernie Yeo | 17 Mar 2021 09:46
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17 Mar 2021 09:46
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A recent survey by market research company Ipsos revealed that Malaysians had been practicing a relatively healthy lifestyle and lost weight during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the research, 36 per cent of Malaysian respondents said they lost weight, while 19 per cent had gained weight by 4.8kg on average. In comparison, only 20 per cent of respondents worldwide had lost weight while 31 per cent had gained weight by 6.1kg on average.

The report says that Malaysians have established new routines and have increased their level of exercise instead of reducing it, with 36 per cent respondents saying so compared to 21 per cent having less exercise now.

However, Ipsos said that Malaysians were less willing to cut carbohydrates intake compared to other countries that were willing to cut both sugar and carbs in their diet.

Among those surveyed, 45 per cent said they are trying to lose weight, with 64 per cent trying to drink less sugary drinks, dieting (63 per cent), and exercising more (61 per cent).

This survey’s results appeared to contradict another report in June last year showing that obesity index in Malaysia has risen since the movement control order (MCO) was introduced to curb COVID-19 pandemic.

A study by the World Population Review 2019 found that Malaysia has the highest prevalence of obesity among adults in South-east Asia at 15.6 per cent, followed by Brunei (14.1 per cent), Thailand (10.0 per cent) and Indonesia (6.9 per cent).

The National Health and Morbidity Survey 2019 findings, meanwhile, showed that 50.1 per cent of adults in Malaysia were either overweight or obese — 30.4 per cent were overweight and 19.7 per cent obese.

The survey had involved 22,008 online interviews among adults aged 16 to 74 in 30 countries markets between October 23 and November 6 last year.

 

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