Kylie: A healthy lifestyle is ideal but remains a challenge for most Malaysians

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the target means that 10 million Malaysians will not be referred to hospitals due to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. — Photo by Hari Angara

Ashley Yung

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 20:09 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 16 — A Stanford University study that found Malaysians to be the world’s third laziest people doesn’t reflect what’s happening on the ground, Khairy Jamaluddin said today. I was.

The health minister said the study, which looked at the population’s obesity levels and number of steps taken per day, did not take into account the fact that Malaysia’s cities were not built for health.

“It does not reflect the fact that Malaysia and Malaysian cities are not very walkable cities.

“We do not have a transport network that promotes a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. At the Summit 2022 policy dialogue, he said.

Kylie said many people and their families face a dilemma when it comes to eating better, in addition to not having the opportunity to be more active on a daily basis.

“Food is expensive, good food is expensive. Parents want to feed their children nutritious food, but it is easier, cheaper and more convenient to feed their children processed fast food.

“They want to exercise, but some find it difficult because they’re juggling two or three jobs,” he said.

He emphasized that while it is important to encourage people to make healthier decisions, it also requires humility to understand the barriers around it.

“For the Ministry of Health to preach to people about how to live better and eat healthier without understanding that people have obstacles and limitations in wanting to live healthier. It’s very easy.

“Of course, we can help some of that through promotional campaigns and behavioral science. “All ministries need to work together to put health at the center of policy-making,” he said.

“Ideally, when it comes time to the budget cycle, health should be taken into account in the same way that gender equality is taken into account when formulating new policies.

“Just as how ministries and agencies describe climate change[in their policies]today, we need to ask, ‘What are we doing for health outcomes? “So that I can say, ‘This is my ministry’s contribution to health outcomes,'” Rembau said.

Policy dialogue included Dr. Tan Sri, former Minister of Health S. Subramaniam, Executive Director of Sunway Center for Planetary Health, Dr. Jemila Mahmood, Professor Tan Sri, Chairman of Axiata Group, Tan Sri・Sharil Ridza Ridzuan also attended. Kylie: A healthy lifestyle is ideal but remains a challenge for most Malaysians

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