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Sugar kills. Obesity is the #1 cause of deadly diseases among Malaysians

Sugar kills. Obesity is the #1 cause of deadly diseases among Malaysians

Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that provides energy to our body. It is an important to have sufficient carbohydrates to provide our body with the energy needed for our daily tasks.

However, excessive sugar intake contributes to extra calories. It leads to weight gain, and in extreme cases, obesity.

A press release by WHO in 2019, Malaysia had the highest rate of obesity, with 64% of male and 65% of female population being obese.

Causes and Consequences of Obesity

Obesity is mainly caused by individual factors such as behaviour, genetics or a combination of both. There are other contributing factors such as food intake and physical activity environment, education, and food marketing and promotion.

People who have obesity are more prone to these life-killing diseases and health conditions.

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiac disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

What can be done to tackle Obesity?

As sugar is the main cause of obesity, the natural way is the reduce sugar intake. Sugar here doesn’t mean just sugar, it covers all food that gives you simple carbohydrate. As carbohydrates increases your glucose level, your body will release insulin to regulate the glucose level in your blood, and causing your body cells to absorb this excess glucose, causing weight gain, and obesity.

Overeating is contributes directly to obesity too, where the body is taking in more carbohydrates that it require for the daily task to be performed. Excess carbohydrates will be absorbed by the body with the same method as explained above.

Lastly, this is the least popular method that nobody will choose unless they are in dire need to losing weight, it’s exercising. Exercising will help you burn excess calories that you have taken in, and help you either maintain your body weight, or reduce weight.

How much sugar should I take per day?

It is recommended that the sugar additives does not make up more than 5% of the energy that you will get from daily food and drinks.

In short, it’s roughly about this much:

  • For adults, not more than 30g of free sugars a day
  • For children aged 7 to 10, not more than 24g of free sugars a day
  • For children aged 4 to 6, not more than 19g of free sugars a day
  • There’s no guideline limit for children under the age of 4, but it’s recommended they avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and food with sugar added to it.

Summarising things

Obesity is not the direct cause of death, however, it is the cause of some of the life-taking diseases. There are several factors that causes obesity, of which some may not be under your control, such as genetics, there are other controllable factors too, which you can work on to reduce weight gain too.

Let’s work towards a healthier society and you can share your experience in the comment box below if you’ve successfully tackle obesity!

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