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Overweight and Plant Based Diet

Updated: Jun 29, 2021

Malaysia is the “fattest” country in Asia, with nearly half the Malaysian adult population overweight or obese.

- World Health Organization (WHO)

Obesity can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers.

“Plant-based diets are nutrient dense, consistent with dietary guidelines, and could be recommended for weight management without compromising diet quality.”

By Journal of the America Dietetic Association

“A Physicians Committee study tested a plant-based diet in a group of 64 women. Participants followed two simple rules: They set aside all animal products and kept oils to a minimum. They lost about half a kg per week, without calorie counting or exercise. After two years, they maintained the weight loss.”

By Physicians Committee, USA

Know where you stand

Check your body mass index (BMI) using the BMI calculator.

​BMI over 25 is considered overweight. BMI over 30 is considered obese.

A healthy BMI (18.5-25) is important as those whose BMI fall within the overweight or obese ranges are at higher risk of many diseases and health conditions, including the following:

  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)

  • High LDL (bad) cholesterol

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Coronary heart disease and stroke

  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)

  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems

  • Many types of cancer

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