KUALA LUMPUR: “The fattest country in South-East Asia” is not a moniker Malaysia would be proud of.
This led the National Heart Institute (IJN) to release a booklet of easy recipes for busy people who want to prepare their own healthy meals.
IJN Dietetics and Food Services Department senior manager Mary Easaw said “faulty eating habits” was one of the reasons people become overweight.
“People risk obesity and cardiovascular diseases by eating high fat and processed foods. We always encourage taking at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
“But people are not doing that. They consume less than three servings,” she told reporters.
The booklet was introduced at the launch of the institute’s “Nutritional Month” at its premises yesterday.
Campaign chairman Foong Pui Hing said that cooking at home was a challenge, especially for urban folk who usually find themselves stuck in traffic past dinner time.
“When you cook, you can control what you put in your food. Urbanites want to cook at home but some of them don’t know how or don’t have the time.
“The booklet contains simple recipes with ingredients that can be easily found. We are teaching them that they can make healthy food in a short time and with minimal items,” she said.
The booklet will come free with 6,000 copies of this month’s issue of Urban Health magazine.
The campaign, launched by IJN chief executive Datuk Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub, is aimed at promoting a healthy and environmentally sustainable diet.
The 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey revealed that almost half of the country’s population was either overweight or obese.