Though Singaporeans have become more active in recent years, there has been an increasing trend in Singaporeans exceeding their recommended intake of calories.
Contrary to popular belief, overweight children do not outgrow their baby fat easily. About 70 per cent of overweight/severely overweight children remained overweight/obese at adulthood.
It is difficult to reverse the trend of weight-gain once a child is on the trajectory of being overweight. This is why it is important to cultivate healthier lifestyle habits at a younger age.
Breakfast: 1 prata with egg
Lunch: 1 plate of chicken rice + 1 cup of tehDinner: 1 bowl of mee goreng
Breakfast: 1 slice of french toast + 1 packet of milo
Lunch: 1 bowl of Healthier Choice Symbol instant noodles + 1 soya bean drink with sugarDinner: 1 plate of nasi briyani with chicken
Breakfast: 1 Croissan'wich with Chicken sausage +1 cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream
Lunch: 1 McSpicy + large french fries + 1 can of coca cola
Dinner: 1 bowl of prawn noodle soup
Breakfast: 1 slice of french toast (149 kcal) and 1 packet of milo (150 kcal)
Lunch: 1 bowl of Healthier Choice Symbol instant noodles (480 kcal) + 1 soya bean drink with sugar (158 kcal)
Dinner: 1 plate of nasi briyani with chicken (877 kcal)
TOTAL: 1,814 kcal
Good news - you can still enjoy that plate of nasi briyani if you balance out your other food choices for the day!
Some food and drinks may appear healthy, but boast an unexpectedly high amount of calories due to the high sugar or fat content. A glass of fruit smoothie, for example, contains 325kcal. If you were to drink a glass daily on top of your regular diet, you may gain 9kg to 15kg in a year. As with all things, moderation is key!
This may be because of the desk-bound nature of most Singaporeans' jobs. Men especially experience a 4kg weight gain on average within their first decade of entering the workforce.