PUTRAJAYA - Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has called on the people to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Expressing his concern about the obesity rate, he said the country's obesity rate from 2006 to 2011 had increased.
"Every five years, the Health Ministry will carry out the National Health and Morbidity Survey to check the health condition of the people," said Muhyiddin, who is also education minister.
"The latest data from the survey shows the obesity rate of Malaysians has increased from 14.9 per cent in 2006 to 15.2 per cent in 2011. This is alarming.
"One out of three people in Malaysia has weight problems," he said at the Jalan Ria 1Murid 1Sukan run, a fitness programme organised by the Education Ministry here yesterday.
Present were Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, and Deputy Education Ministers P. Kamalanathan and Mary Yap Kain Ching.
Also present was Muhyiddin's wife, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman.
Muhyiddin shared his concern about the danger of stroke and its situation in the country with the more than 10,000 crowd, comprising students of primary and secondary schools, and higher education institutions.
He said according to the National Stroke Association of Malay-sia, every one out of six Malay-sians would likely suffer from stroke.
"About 40,000 Malaysians suffer from stroke every year," Muhyiddin said.
Liking obesity and stroke as api di dalam sekam (fire in the husk), Muhyiddin said it was important for the people to adopt and subscribe to a health regime in their daily lifestyle.
He reminded them health and fitness were priceless and irreplaceable, and sustaining a healthy lifestyle was a must to produce a fit and healthy human capital.
Muhyiddin flagged off the 8km run for the students and youth.