Reality bites – Malaysia is the fattest country in Southeast Asia and ranked number six in the whole of Asia. The Consumers’ Association of Penang will support good measures proposed by the Government to curb the obesity epidemic. But good measures should be legally binding and enforceable, not based on pledges or promises which can be broken with no punitive measures.
As food for the family is prepared in the kitchen it has an important role to play in the lives of families. Nothing warms the heart of a husband like the smell of dinner cooking as he walks in from a hard day’s work. Besides, having a meal together can bring the family closer.
Food is a vital growth and health factor in human life, and especially so for the growing child. It must not only be nutritious, but also healthy. This means we must ensure that meals served in schools are nutritious and healthy.
In 2004 Malaysians consumed 870 million packets of instant noodles but by 2008 it had increased to more than 1,210 million packets. This is an increase of nearly 40 percent during the period of 4 years.