Development and technological progress to bring changes to the pattern of human life. These changes have visible impact in the community living in Asia Pacific. With all the changes that we face every day, how we can still maintain wellness through a healthy lifestyle in this modern era?
Obesity in Indonesia
This problem does not only occur in adults – 42 million infants worldwide are overweight, a dangerous statistic. Children who are obese have a higher probability of suffering from diabetes and cardiovascular diseases compared to children who are not. If not addressed, obesity in children can even lead to premature death.
In Indonesia, the number of obese individuals continues to increase every year. Based on the 1989 National Health Census, the number of obese people in urban areas was recorded as 1.1% and 0.7% in rural areas. In 1999, the number had risen to 5.3% in urban and 4.3% in rural areas. According to the Association of the Study of Obesity Indonesia (Hisobi), these figures rose sharply in 2004, where as much as 9.16% male and 11.02% females in Indonesia suffer from obesity.
Looking at the data above, it is clear that obesity is a serious challenge and requires swift action.
Read more about this challenge in The ‘+’ Project Indonesia (in Bahasa Indonesia).