One in three
One in three youth in Brunei is over-weight. So said Brunei’s Minister of Health. He also gave these staggering facts and figures, as reported in Borneo Bulletin today:
- 12% of Brunei’s population (45,000!) suffer diabetes;
- Nearly 50% of patients (I assume Government Hospital’s patients) are diabetics
- The cost of haemodialysis per patient per year is around Br$20,000 (USD11,765) – no figure on how many diabetics patients are there
- Forty-four limb amputations performed from November 2006 until October 2007.
‘The minister now sees a pressing need for a national plan on diabetes……being over-weight and physically inactive are two major risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.’
The ministry has identified the main cause and suggested ways to prevent the disease. So why not spend money on awareness campaigns and really brainwash people that if you don’t eat right, never exercise and ignorant, life wouldn’t mean anything at all.