The latest National Health Survey shows the obesity rate has increased from 6.9 per cent in 2004 to 10.8 per cent this year.
Thus, the National Healthy Lifestyle campaign is adopting a more holistic approach to help Singaporeans fight the flab. The message is for Singaporeans to get healthy together and combat obesity. "This year, we want to create a social movement (and) get everyone to see the value of having a healthy weight (and) enjoy life by being healthy".
The HPB attributes the rise in obesity here to a lack of physical activity and a more sedentary lifestyle.The National Health Survey found that 54.1 per cent of Singaporeans do not exercise.
Mr Neville Dotival, who lost about 18kg over three months to weigh 88.8kg, said: "I feel a lot better, I feel more energetic, I can play more with my kids. He added that he is now fit enough to join his sons in activities during school events such as Sports Day.
According to HPB's Youth Health Division director K Vijaya, there is evidence that chronic disease including obesity has its roots in childhood. Thus, they will be taking action to empower parents to nurture health lifestyles, among their children.
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1 in 10 Singaporeans are TOO FAT! Does that include you? That's a 56% increase over the last 6 years!! Obesity starts from childhood. You don't have to wait for the government or HPB. For yourself and for the sake of your family,