More Thais getting overweight

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BANGKOK, 21 August 2011- The Department of Health reveals that Thais tend to consume fattening and unhealthy food, causing a large number of them to be overweight. 

Despite various campaigns by the government encouraging people to eat healthy food and exercise more, the Department of Health reveals that more Thai have become overweight.

According to a survey in 2010, 40 percent of Thai women have a waistline measuring more than 32 inches, which is the standard; while a quarter of Thai men have waistline over the normal size of 36 inches.

The Department said many people were still leading an unhealthy lifestyle; working under stress, eating junk food, and doing less exercise. It added this lifestyle not only would get them fat, but also diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

The Department expressed its concerns that multi-national food producers had been publicizing unhealthy food to Thais. The Department will continue publicizing about the importance of exercise and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.