My hubby and I have noticed about this OBESITY ISSUE lately. Now after our Vice PM said something and in today's newspaper, they decided to take control on this issue by implementing some drastic measures in schools. What are the measures? Let's read the article first:
Kids' report cards to carry more 'weight'PETALING JAYA: Effective immediately, school report cards will include the student's body mass index (BMI) as a way for teachers to monitor the student's health. Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said this was among new measures to keep parents abreast of their children's health and to know whether their children were overweight or obese.
The decision was reached during a cabinet committee meeting earlier this month chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
"The BMI will indicate if the child is overweight or obese.
"If the child is overweight, the teacher will advise the parents to get help from the nearest clinic.
"We have identified unhealthy food at the school canteen as one of the causes of obesity.
"Effective immediately, canteen operators will not be allowed to sell soft drinks and foods with a high sugar content.
"The food in school canteens will be regularly monitored.
"In addition, there is also a ban on hawkers selling junk food outside the school," he said after closing the 5th Health Clinic Advisory Panel national convention and launching the panel member card for 2010-2013 yesterday.
Liow said the measures were necessary because of the increase in the number of obese and overweight children.
Malaysia, he said, was currently ranked sixth among Asian countries and first in Southeast Asia for a high percentage of obese citizens.
Some 30 per cent of Malaysians were overweight, he said, while another 30 per cent were obese.
He added that the ministry estimated that some 1.7 million Malaysians aged 18 and above were obese.