Malaysians consuming too much meat, insufficient green, say nutritionists

Malaysians are consuming too much animal products and not enough vegetables, say nutritionists. —Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Malaysians are consuming too much animal products and not enough vegetables, say nutritionists. —Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 — Malaysians are consuming too much animal products and not enough vegetables, say nutritionists at the National Heart Institute (IJN).

Speaking at the launch of its eighth edition of its annual Nutrition Month here today, they said obesity leading to serious ailments like diabetes and heart disease still plagued Malaysians.

IJN chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub unveiled a programme, including cooking classes for those interested in healthy diet.

“There will be various cooking demonstrations for the public to learn how to cook healthy while helping to preserve a clean environment,” he said when launching the Nutrition Month 2017 themed, ‘Go ECO’ — Eat for Health, Care for the Environment and Optimise Wellness’.

Dr Mohd Azhari said the nutrition month was aimed at promoting healthy eating which was environmentally sustainable to achieve overall wellness.

Nutrition Month 2017 chairman Foong Pui Hing said dieticians and food services staff were dedicated to encouaging healthy lifestyle among IJN staff and the public.

She said Malaysians often took their health for granted and many were unaware they were afflicted with diabetes, heart desease, among others.

She encouraged the public to take part in various activities offered by IJN, including cooking demonstrations with eco-friendly recipes every Tuesday and Thursday, from noon to 12.30pm at the hospital’s main lobby.

Each participant will be given a booklet, ‘Urban Health’ and eco-friendly articles and recipes. — Bernama

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