Let us begin with ourselves. What we eat over the last few decades became what we are today. We come in all shapes, sizes, weights and colours. As we grow older, we get many sicknesses and illnesses along the way. Most of the problems came from what we eat and drinks. A few of them had poisoned our bodies not due to what they are but how much and the way we consume them daily.
My late father told me when I was small that most of his illnesses originated from his stomach. He suffered high blood, diabetes and prostate problems. He passed away when I was 28 years old ~ about 40 years ago. Now it is my turn to suffer similar illnesses as my late father has undergone. I did not take heed of his advice and his illnesses are coming to me one by one as I became a senior citizen nine years ago. If my sons were to read this blog, most likely he will ignore and repeat my mistakes. Such is life.
For the last 50 years of my adult life, I just eat what I like and what I can afford. Now, since I have encountered a few illnesses, I began to take care of the sugar in my drink and the carbohydrates in my foods. At the same time, I have regular weekly cycling and walking exercise. In fact, I need to walk and cycle more often-say about 3 times a week!
About 50% of Malaysians are obese. The reason is very simple. It is so easy to get food and the food is aplenty. The restaurants are open 24 by seven. We Malaysians can eat at any time anywhere. When I was in my kampung in the ’50s & ’60s, eating chicken once a month is a privilege. To eat chicken, I have to catch the chicken, cut and cook it. No KFC and McD restaurant in the ’50s & ‘60s.
I was born in Kelantan and my eating habit is Kelantanese. We eat rice morning, afternoon and dinner three times a day. On top of that many of us prefer sweet drinks and cakes. That is why I read 20% of the people in Kelantan are diabetic.
There is nothing wrong with the food and drinks. It is the amount and the way we cook and eat them. Healthy eating habits and lifestyles are paramount to personal and national health.
The Ministry of Health has spent millions to educate the public but no one gives a damn. Only when I get sick, then only I started to listen to the doctor’s advice. Sound familiar to you?