KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has the most number of obese people among Asian countries, said the Prime Minister’s science adviser Zakri Abdul Hamid.

Zakri said according to the new findings from British medical journal The Lancet, 49% of women and 44% of men in Malaysia were found to be obese.

“This is a big problem because obesity can cause diabetes, heart problem and others and our Prime Minister has asked the global science and innovation advisory council to work on this,” he told reporters after the launch of the United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia medical centre here, today.

According to the medical journal study, 45.3% of Malaysia’s population is overweight, followed by South Korea (33.2%), Pakistan (30.7%) and China (28.3%).

Also present were rector of UNU Dr David M. Malone and director of UNU-IIGH Prof Anthony Capon.

Zakri said the UNU-IIGH would help the government to find a way to solve the problem.

– Bernama

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