KOTA KINABALU: There is an alarming increase in overweight and obese Malaysians, according to the National Health and Morbidity Survey.
The survey, conducted every four years, revealed that as of 2019, 50.1 per cent of Malaysians were overweight, with 19.7 per cent of them being obese.
The country celebrates several festive seasons throughout the year, including Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year, Diwali and Christmas, where excessive food consumption is common.
This can pose challenges for those on a weight loss journey during these celebrations.
With Hari Raya Aidilfitri just around the corner, many are wondering how they can maintain a healthy weight amidst the abundance of delicious food.
While food is often used to show love and appreciation to loved ones, overeating can also lead to health issues.
To address this, Nurfazira Saifudin, a dietician at KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital, suggests aiming to maintain weight during the celebration, rather than losing weight
She also offers several tips for controlling food intake during Hari Raya.
Among the tips are to eat a meal before visiting relatives to avoid overeating; use smaller plates and cups to control food portions and begin with vegetables and fruits, which are higher in fibre and will make one feel full faster and longer.
She also recommends people to choose leaner meats like chicken breast instead of thigh or wing, and avoid chicken skin.
People are also encouraged to drink plain water and minimise intake of sweetened coloured/carbonated drinks.
“Avoid sitting near food and drink stations to prevent mindless snacking and keep track of calorie intake using apps,” said Nurfazira.
Increase physical activity by walking instead of driving to nearby relatives’ houses, she said.
It’s important to remember that moderation is key to enjoying Hari Raya Aidilfitri or any festive celebration, she said.
A balanced diet and being physically active are essential for maintaining good health, she added.
- Daily Express