Survey Reveals The Reason Behind Obesity of Malaysian

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The findings of the Nutrition At Work survey conducted across Asia Pacific region, by the nutrition company Herbalife, revealing that majority of Malaysia’s workforce lead largely sedentary lifestyles – putting them at risk of obesity.

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The survey polled 5,500 full-time workers across 11 countries, including 500 from Malaysia and was designed to understand the lifestyle habits and attitudes of Asia Pacific’s modern workforce.

According to the survey findings, nine out of 10 Malaysian workers (86%) spend at least 6 hours a day sitting at their desk, with 5 out of 10 workers eating lunch at their work desk, two to five times per week.

The survey also revealed that the majority of Malaysia’s workforce (86%) exercise less than three times per week, with seven out of 10 workers getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day at their workplace. This suggests a significantly worrying trend locally, further amplifying the recent survey results in which Malaysia was dubbed as the fattest country in South-East Asia.

Image: © Jakub Cejpek/
Image: © Jakub Cejpek/

A further breakdown shows that Malaysian females are likely to spend more time at their desks with 67% saying they spend between 6-9 hours behind the desk daily. This tops their male counterparts with a total of 64% saying they spend the similar amount of time at their desks daily.

Knowing the reason behind the obesity of our nation, it is impotant to inculcate positive nutrition and active lifestyle habits to help reduce obesity risks, and lead to positive improvements to the well-being of our nation.

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