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Brunei sees rising children obesity
According to the preliminary results of Phase Two of the Brunei Darussalam Second National Health and Nutritional Status Survey 2009-2011, 8.8 per cent of Bruneian children under the age of five are overweight and 3.3 per cent of them are obese.
If the rising trend in overweight and obese children is not curbed, there is concern that the children would grow up into obese adults.
A study conducted by the University of Oxford suggests that obesity among school-age children may have significant effects on the health of their hearts.
The risks include raised blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and a thickening of the heart muscle compared with normal weight children.
In light of such findings. what measures can we take to solve the problem of obesity and avoid hampering the overall productivity and health of the nation?
According to health experts, integrating physical activity and exercise into people's daily lives and consuming healthy foods and beverages are keys to tackling obesity. Both practices can be done by anyone.
Physically-challenged Noorishanuddin bin Noorkaseh, 46, who still competes and participates in racing events with youngsters half his age illustrated this point. "Exercising is a healthy activity and promotes a positive well-being both in mind and body."
He added, "Many people take their bodies for granted and think of exercise as a chore, when it is actually good for your body to exert that energy."
Speaking with The Brunei Times during a running event, Wanee Faz, 18, a student from Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College (Maktab Duli), highlighted that a major problem was the amount of time youth spent sitting in front of a computer.
"We [the youth] should just do our part by exercising to prevent obesity instead of relying heavily on the government and hospitals to spend millions trying to treat obesity."
Norlaila binti Jamaluddein, a physically challenged woman from Pusat Ehsan Al-Maryam who participated in the 2.5 kilometres Bandar Fun Run, shared a reminder on the importance of staying fit.
"We all can be busy at times, but we should not ignore exercise as it keeps our body healthy and can prolong our lives."
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