Posted: 14 Nov 2011 05:57 AM PST
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Central Government to take effective steps including more campaigns, discussions and education on diabetes and obesity in Malaysia.
All must pay attention to the intake of foods such as carbohydrates like sugar and rice as well as oils.
On 14.11.2011, Dr Tan asked a supplementary question in the House on alternative sugars that are claimed to contain harmful chemicals on health.
The Deputy Health Minister YB Rosnah says that 18 kinds of natural and artificial sugars in Malaysia are safe to take. Action is taken against the sale of illegal alternative sugars such as 74 and 62 samples tested positive in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
She reminds the House that today is World Diabetes Day. Malaysia has about three million diabetics. Many take excess sugar: each eating more than seven teaspoonfuls , that is, over 50 gm daily. Obesity in this country is top in ASEAN and sixth in Asia-Pacific.
We must pay more attention to diabetes and obesity in Malaysia. Besides the activities of the Health Ministry, all must be concerned. Continuous education is important. Although exercise is vital in keeping fit and healthy, it is the amount and types of food eaten that affect a person's weight. The control of intake of carbohydrates such as rice and sugar as well as oil is necessary.
Tan Seng Giaw
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