Educate children early on dangers of obesity

OBESITY is a serious condition as it can lead to more life-threatening health problems such as cardiovascular and diabetic diseases, among others.

According to a report in the Bulletin in October last year, it was found that obesity rates among adults in Brunei Darussalam were the highest in the region, with nearly three out of 10 adults found to be obese.

It was also found that the obesity rate for children between 13 to 17 was at 17 per cent.

This is a worrying trend.

It is, however, heartening to see the country and the government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam putting in the efforts to combat this issue with the call for the population to have a healthy and active lifestyle.

It is also important that we can tackle this issue from early on such as at schools.

More should be done to ensure school cafeterias are not selling any sugary drinks or fatty foods.

Schools should also have regular health screenings and educate students to eat healthy and lead an active lifestyle.

By educating at the grassroot level, we can ensure that future generations can avoid the pitfalls of an unhealthy lifestyle.

But children learn best from their parent’s actions.

Parents should ensure that their children are eating healthy and encourage them to take up sports for a healthy lifestyle.

If the parents are having an unhealthy lifestyle, the children will follow suite.

Hopefully, more will be done to ensure that the obesity rate is brought down.

– Health Advocate