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Battling Obesity

23 Jun 2017

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Singapore could hit obesity rates of 15 per cent in just seven years, according to the Health Promotion Board’s latest data on Singaporeans and obesity. The average Singaporean is getting heavier and more likely to overeat, with more young children putting on more weight. This population-wide shift toward obesity, if uncurbed, could increase the risks of diseases including, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and stroke. Is the Body Mass Index (BMI) an accurate measure of body fat or health? What should be done to change our dietary habits? How can we encourage Singaporeans to be more physically active? Dean, Professor Chia Kee Seng weighs in on the issue with Channel 8’s Frontline.

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