Healthy Food Choices and Diabetes

Diabetes is a major public health concern in Malaysia as it is one of the biggest contributors to both DALYs and deaths in Malaysia. The National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2015 showed that the prevalence of diabetes mellitus has also increased by 5.9% in 10 years, from 11.6% in 2006 to 17.5% in 2015.

In Malaysia, the top 3 most frequently consumed foods are white rice, sugar and leafy green vegetables, with sugar and sugar-based foods making up at least 4 food item intakes in a day.  In addition, Malaysians eat out more often and have a preference for take-away food. This case study will look at the barriers to healthy eating and the consumption patterns of unhealthy diets leading to higher diabetes rate in Malaysia.

Project: Systems Thinking and Place-Based Methods for Healthier Malaysian Cities (SCHEMA) case studies.

*The case studies book publication was launched at World Urban Forum 9 (WUF9), 9 February 2018 together with lead project partners UNU-IIGH and Cardiff University.
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