Getting healthy: Participants checking their weight and BMI at the many machines available. -The Straits Times / Asia News Network
Singapore’s first national-level weight management initiative was launched.
An initiative of the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the One Million KG Challenge is designed to link incentives directly to the outcome of losing excess weight, and aims to get Singapore residents to lose 1,000,000kg collectively in three years.
It is open to residents in Singapore aged 18 to 64, whose Body Mass Index (BMI) ranges from 18.5 to 37.4. To calculate BMI, divide your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in metres.
Singapore’s obesity prevalence has increased 0.7 percentage points a year since 2004 to reach nearly 11% in 2010.
The National Health Survey 2010 shows that 1.7 million Singaporeans with a BMI of 23 or greater are vulnerable to developing obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases.
HPB hopes to round up 300,000 participants over three years. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network