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Malaysians Ranked As The Fattest Among ASEAN Countries Because "Local Cuisine Is Too Good"

Updated: Dec 17, 2021


Malaysia definitely has one of the best cuisines in the region, but it looks like it's taking a toll on Malaysians' obesity rate. The Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) shared an infographic of the obesity percentage within ASEAN countries, and sadly, Malaysia ranks the highest at 15.6%.


In the infographic, you can see that Brunei is straying behind Malaysia at 14.1% and Thailand taking third place at 10%, followed by Indonesia (6.9%), Philippines (6.4%), Singapore (6.1%), Myanmar (5.8%), Laos (5.3%), Cambodia (3.9%), and Vietnam (2.1%). PPIM asked, “Did you know that Malaysia is the country with the highest rate of obesity among the population, compared to other ASEAN countries? In your opinion, why are so many people in Malaysia overweight?” Many in the comment section brought up our local cuisine as being "too good" and having better foods than the rest.


While we do agree that Malaysia has amazing and delicious cuisines, eating can be countered with a little bit of exercise. Malaysia is indeed a country with plenty of culture and different cuisines, but the health and wellness of our citizens is just as important as our pride in our food.


What are your thoughts on this matter?



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