KUALA LUMPUR: Farhan (not his real name) was taken to a private hospital by his parents to seek treatment for an infection on his right leg. For any healthy 12-year-old, medications and aftercare service would suffice to get them on their feet again. However, Farhan was far from healthy. His weight at that time was more than 100 kilogrammes and he was referred to a government hospital to treat the complications that had arisen due to his obesity. Child and parental obesity Sadly, due to his weak heart, Farhan lost his fight and passed away at the tender age of 12. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the prevalence of childhood obesity has increased at an alarming rate globally — in 2016, the number of overweight children under the age of five was estimated to be over 41 million. A 2010 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health cited genetics as the common non-modifiable cause of obesity, with greater risk of obesity … [Read more...] about Childhood obesity a growing health crisis in Malaysia
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Watsons empowers pinoys to take charge of their health The number of Filipinos turning to the Internet to search for a diverse range of health-related subjects continues to grow. This was revealed by Watsons health trading director Rafael Lim in an interview recently at the Watsons office in MOA Complex, Pasay City. “Filipinos are getting more and more health-conscious nowadays,” he says. “According to a 2017 Google study, there are 107 queries, 41 million views and 50 million site visits monthly on health-related concerns. In terms of the categories they look into, heart health, cancer, diabetes and mental health top the list.” And before buying health products or prescription drugs, Filipino consumers do their own research online just to be sure they’re getting the best. “That’s the Filipino consumers’ behavior now. They are more empowered and informed,” enthused Lim. Rafael Lim, Watsons health … [Read more...] about Watsons empowers pinoys to take charge of their health
Bitter enforcement of sweet promises? It has been more than a year since the imposition of excise tax on sweetened beverages (SB) which took effect by virtue of Republic Act (RA) No. 10963, otherwise known as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. Since the introduction of the additional excise tax on SB, there has been a lot of questions raised by taxpayers, as well as tax practitioners, on how the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will enforce and administer the collection and monitoring of the said tax. For a more effective enforcement and collection of excise taxes, the BIR issued Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 20-2018 which prescribes the implementing rules and guidelines on the imposition of excise tax on SB. In its issuance, the BIR imposes an administrative requirement for registered SB producers to submit an Excise Tax Return for SB (BIR form no. 2200-S) and Excise Taxpayer’s Removal Declaration (ETRD or BIR form no. 2299) … [Read more...] about Bitter enforcement of sweet promises?
(Reuters Health) - U.S. soldiers are more likely to have poor heart health than civilians of similar ages, a new study finds.Comparing more than 263,000 active duty Army personnel to nearly 5,000 civilians, researchers found that soldiers were more likely to have high blood pressure and just as likely to have a higher than ideal body mass index (BMI), according to the report in the Journal of the American Heart Association."We were surprised by the results," said lead author Loryana Vie, senior project director of a long-term collaboration between the U.S. Army and the University of Pennsylvania. "They were contrary to what we were expecting going into the study because of the Army's health screening and emphasis on physical fitness."Ultimately, Vie said, the take-home message isn't just that soldiers have worse heart health than civilians, but rather that there is "so much room for improvement for everyone," she said. "There is an opportunity to improve the health of the whole … [Read more...] about US soldiers have worse heart health than civilians
Other leading health issues reported to the emergency hotline during the past 12 months concerned muscle weakness/chronic paralysis and stomach/back/pelvic pain. The day before Labour Day, NIEM deputy secretary-general Pairoj Boonsirikamchai on Tuesday reported the statistics for the main emergency health threats to Thai workers. During the last 12 months, the institute received 148,377 road-accident injury reports involving male workers, and 80,163 cases involving female workers. These numbers were followed by 66,460 reports of muscle weakness/chronic paralysis involving male workers, and 56,835 cases involving female workers. There were 42,301 reports of stomach/back/pelvic pain involving male workers, and 35,900 cases involving female workers. Pairoj noted that, during the same period, there were also reports via the 1669 hotline that 42,127 workers had sustained injuries from accidentally falling from a height, falling over and other accidents at … [Read more...] about Road accident injuries top list of emergency health issues reported to 1669 hotline