| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
THE official ambassador of Reebok Fitness Singapore and Malaysia expressed her commitment to share experiences and provide guidance to communities in this country on the best ways and means in weight management yesterday at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
Dee Dee Mahmood, who is also a consultant and lecturer at University of Malaya and several sports academies in Singapore, was in the country to visit and make courtesy calls to several government agencies.
She pointed out that she was also previously obese and her experience being ridiculed by a friend at the gym made her even more determined to lose weight.
“I’ve tried many types of drugs and products for weight loss before and it did not help me but worsened my condition,” she said.
After that she took the advice of her father, Haji Mahmood, in taking positive steps which proved to be a proper catalyst for her to continue her studies in the field of Sports Science in Australia.
She does not regret going through public ridicule when she was young because it encouraged her to become a consultant for Corporate Wellness and Team Bonding in Singapore. She was also offered a lecturer post at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.
Dee Dee was in the country for a courtesy visit to the Faculty of Science at UBD to discuss potential partnership and cooperation in issues of weight control through a programme called ‘Fat to Fit’ which is supported by Reebok.
Commenting on the programme, Dee Dee insisted it was successfully held in Singapore and has already entered into 2nd season in Malaysia. Brunei Darussalam is currently on the list as a destination for Fat to Fit.
She confirmed in an interview that Asians and our society in this region are inherently exposed to obesity and many chronic diseases occur because of eating habits and lack of exercise.
“Women are the most daring to try any type of medication and slimming products and through practising shortcuts, they will hurt themselves worse when their body weight increases two to three times their previous weight,” Dee Dee said.
She said that there is no shortcut for that purpose, but there is an easy way to get the desired physique that is “through physical activitiy and healthy eating management,” she stressed.
Twelve Fat to Fit programme episodes have already aired on Network Radio Television Malaysia Channel One and will enter its second season and she intended to bring similar programme to local television networks here.
Top three participants of each country involved will continue in challenges in advanced stages of the Fat to Fit programme while the other participants continue their programme at home.
According to her, the estimated period of normal weight loss can take six months but with the guidance of Fat to Fit, it can be shortened to three months.
“Although the period can be shortened, keep in mind all the efforts and the results depend on the individual and they determine how the results they want,” she said.
“It is up to UBD to come up with a mechanism that suits the success of this programme here,” she said in her briefing, ending her presentation in front of officials from the Ministry of Health and lecturers of the UBD Faculty of Science.