An Editorial Piece by NIE's Dean for Faculty Affairs, published by Open Access Journal, USA
Friday, 14 September 2012
Professor Michael Chia, Dean for Faculty Affairs, wrote an editorial piece that was published by the Open Access Journal, “Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy” by the OMICS Publishing Group that is based in the USA (www.omicsonline.org). The editorial piece, titled “Still and Heavy - Obesity and Physical Inactivity Among Singaporean Youths- Consequences and Challenges for the 21st Century”, noted that Singaporean youths are a very sedentary lot where current levels of habitual physical activity in school and outside of school are grossly inadequate to meet guidelines for having a normal body mass index and for good metabolic health.
He added that though youth obesity rates among Singaporeans appear to be stable over the last 10 years, hovering about 10%, emergent evidence shows that Singaporean youth who were sitting for too much of the day, as a consequence had twice the risk of suffering from insulin resistance which is a precursor to metabolic syndrome. Sedentary behaviours including schooling-associated activities have also contributed to worrisome rates of myopia among young people. Inactive physiology research among Singaporean youths represents a challenge and a fertile area for future attention. Innovative whole school, home and community approaches are required to keep active youths moving on a sustained basis and to engage sedentary youths in becoming physically active.