Watch what you eat this festive season

KLANG - Do not overeat during this Deepavali festive season and steer clear of fatty food and the sweet stuff, advises Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Liow said overeating would lead to all sorts of illness, which had become an issue among Malaysians of late.

"Men should not consume more than 2,000 calories per day while women's intake should not be more than 1,800 calories per day.

"It is tempting to overeat especially during Deepavali, but you will have to control yourself in order to stay fit and healthy," he said after officiating the Bandar Botanik Health complex here yesterday.

Liow also launched a diet book containing a list of calories in Indian food and sweets.

He urged the public to pick up a copy of the book at any nearest Government clinics for reference on food intake.

"For example, one piece of murukku is 120 calories. So, if you consume 10 murukku, that is 1,200 calories.

"To burn those calories, you will have to cycle for more than a hour. So, just be careful of what you put into your mouth," he said.

On another matter, Liow said his ministry had stationed more than 50 medical teams in Perak, Malacca, Johor and Selangor to attend to flood victims.

The teams, he said, were also monitoring the situation to prevent the outbreak of diseases such as leprosy and malaria.

"Water-borne diseases can easily spread during floods. Take proper precaution and always ensure your surroundings are clean and drink only boiled water," he said.