Existing food pyramid needs restructuring to curb obesity, Perdim says
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MALACCA, Oct 1 — The Malaysian Muslim Doctors Organisation (Perdim) today proposed that the Ministry of Health reviews the structure of the existing food pyramid in an effort to reduce the rate of obesity among Malaysians.
Its president Datuk Dr Ahmad Shukri Ismail said after a series of discussions with interested parties, it was found that the composition of the existing pyramid was less effective, especially in the face of today’s enormous food diversity available for everyone.
Citing an example, he said, the current food pyramid shows high intake of carbohydrate and low fat intake which he felt was ineffective in addressing obesity.
“Actually, high carbohydrate intake is among the main factors which contribute to an increase of obesity rates and diabetes cases in the country.
“By right we should reduce carbohydrate intake and increase our intake of healthy fats in addition to adopting a healthy lifestyle,” he told Bernama on the sideline of ‘Primary Care Practice in 21st Century’ conference in Bandar Hilir, here today.
The three-day conference was attended by 90 members of Perdim and was officiated by the state information, communications and cooperatives exco Datuk Latiff Tamby Chik today. — Bernama