Healthy indulgence exists

Obesity has become a growing health concern. Drivers of the disease are a range of interlinked factors such as rising incomes, urbanisation, shifting lifestyles, and genetic factors. The pressure is now on for organisations and governments to address and fight non-communicable diseases arising from obesity, including type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease amongst others.

In 2019, almost 39% of those aged 18 and above were overweight, and between 2010 and 2014, South East Asian countries – including Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia – saw the biggest rise in the number of obese adults. Moreover, the number of overweight and obese adults globally have also shown a marked increase over the past four decades. What is even more worrying is that South East Asia now accounts for about 88 million diabetics, almost 20% of global cases. If nothing is done to counter act this issue, this number will rise to 153 million by 2045.

In response to these worrying developments, weight management trends are also shifting every few years. While there have been many different diets and habits one can follow to maintain a healthy weight, no one can dispute the effectiveness of healthy eating habits, including keeping a check on one’s calorie intake and maintaining an active lifestyle.

Diets have been identified as the game-changer to managing that healthy number on the scale – but how can consumers indulgence in their favourite food in a guilt-free way? Thanksfully, there are various options with less calories to choose from.


Christian Philippsen is managing director for Beneo Asia-Pacific.

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