One in nine Singaporean adults were obese in 2010: Survey

One in nine Singaporean adults were obese in 2010: Survey
A man jogs at Labrador Park in Singapore on Aug 29, 2013. Photo: Reuters
Health Promotion Board launches One Million KG Challenge to help local employees, residents maintain healthy weight as obesity rate increases 1% every year
Published: 8:06 PM, January 17, 2014
Updated: 1:20 AM, January 19, 2014

SINGAPORE — One in nine Singaporean adults aged between 18 to 69 years were obese in 2010, and Singapore’s obesity rate is increasing at about 1 per cent per year, a survey revealed today (Jan 17).

Following the findings of the Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) National Health Survey, the One Million KG Challenge was launched by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) today. The One Million KG Challenge is Singapore’s first incentive-based national weight management movement, and aims to motivate Singaporeans to achieve and manage a healthy body weight, and collectively lose one million kilogrammes.

Interested organisations and constituencies can pre-register for the challenge in roadshows starting today, in which their employees and residents will be able to sign up for the challenge. The first phase of the challenge is expected to reach some 30,000 local residents.

To help participants sustain their healthy weight management efforts, HPB will provide them with a combination of self-monitoring tools, resources and access to programmes. HPB will also leverage online tools and the HPB Health Ambassador Network to increase peer-to-peer networking and support. Participants of the challenge will receive a starter kit and a “pixel” that they could redeem for a prize to kick off their weight management journey.

Participants will also receive a “pixel” every month when they weigh-in at any of the Wellness Kiosks around Singapore and when they participate in a variety of activities that help them in monitoring and maintaining their weight. In addition, participants who have persevered in their weight management efforts will get to win top prizes such as a car, a holiday package and shopping vouchers in the Grand Draw to be held in October.

The One Million KG Challenge is open to Singapore residents aged between 18 to 64, whose Body Mass Index (BMI) ranges from 18.5 to 37.4. Singapore residents whose BMI fall between 23 and 37.4 could pledge to lose 3kg at one go in the Challenge. For those whose BMI fall in the 18.5 to 22.9 range, they could participate in the challenge to maintain their weight.

Starting March, registration will be open to Singapore residents to participate in the challenge at roadshows across Singapore and at the challenge portal,