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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I visited Marawi for the first time after the siege a few days ago, as part of a delegation of Red Cross people. I was in Marawi, then called Dansalan when I was a teenager, in the 1950s, and enjoyed the beauty of the place, the fragrant smell of pine trees, the streets clean, the people so friendly in their native attire. At this recent visit, I was overwhelmed by the sight of the total destruction of buildings in about 20 barangays. Your heart would break, as mine did, at the site of crumbled buildings. So this is now the once beautiful city, laid waste. It was refreshing listening to Philippine Red Cross chair Senator Dick Gordon reaffirm PRC’s commitment to boost the recovery efforts for people displaced by the 2017 conflict in Marawi by providing access to income-generating activities. In a field visit June 3, Chairman Gordon announced that the organization will provide sewing machines to over a hundred affected households as an effort to restore livelihood sources. … [Read more...] about Marawi arise!