PUTRAJAYA - To observe Hari Raya Aidilfitri in moderation, just remember the 55555 guideline.
The numbers refer to the Health Ministry's campaign to reduce obesity by reinforcing five healthy lifestyle messages recommended for the festivities.
They are to eat from five types of food groups to obtain a variety of nutrients, eat five servings of food and vegetables a day, eat no more than 500 calories for each meal, limit sugar in drinks to five grams or one teaspoon and to exercise five times a week.
"The Government has decided to observe this year's Aidilfitri in moderation in respect of the MH17 incident. In terms of health, we also need to exercise moderation in our intake of calories.
"Many dishes in our culture are high in calorie, fat and sugar content. So, our behaviour towards food must change.
"According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey, the obesity rate among Malaysians increased from 11.6 per cent in 2006 to 15.2 per cent in 2011, while hypertension increased from 32.2 per cent to 32.7 per cent in the same period," Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. told reporters at the ministry here yesterday.
According to the ministry's calculation, 300g or three small cuts of lemang is equivalent to 500 calories, while 150g of ketupat accompanied by 100g of chicken rendang can measure up to 650 calories.
To burn off 500 calories, a person would need to do 90 minutes of intense walking or 50 minutes of running or cycling.
The recommended daily calorie intake for an adult woman is 1,500 calories and 2,000 calories for men between 18 and 59 years old.
Dr Subramaniam also reminded the people to practise safety precautions at home before beginning their journey back to the kampung or for vacation.
"Keep your homes clean and ensure that there is no stagnant water that could contribute to the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes."