MALAYSIA: Asia’s Couch Potato

MALAYSIA (South East Asia)

Population: 29.18 million

The youth constitutes 43% of the population.

Fertility Rate:  4.9 children/woman (1970s) vs. 2.6 children/woman (2010)

Life Expectancy:  64 years (1970s) vs. 74 years (2010)

Infant mortality:  14.57 deaths / 1000 live births

Male/Female Ratio:  1.03 male  / female

Major Religions:  Islam, Buddhism, Christianity

– Malaysia is among the laziest nations in the world and is the sloth leader in Southeast Asia.  A World Health Organization study assessed the physical activity levels of 122 countries, and results indicated that 61.4% of Malay­sians above 15 are physically inactive.

– Malaysian Health Ministry have confirmed that 15% in the country are obese and almost one in two adults is either overweight or obese.

– Muslim couples get divorced every 15 minutes in Malaysia.  From 17,749 divorces in 2005, the rate has zoomed up to 27,355 divorces in 2011.   Among non-Muslims, the divorce rate has escalated by 169% from 2,938 cases in 2009 to 7,900 cases in 2010.

– The contraceptive prevalence rate is around 50%.  The pill has always been the most popular contraceptive method, followed by the rhythm method.

– By the end of 2011, Malaysia had a cumulative figure of 94,841 HIV infections.  Women make up 10% of the total cases found in the country since 1986.  New HIV cases in 2011 stood at 3,479 with the notification rate being 12.2 cases per 100,000 people.

– Baby dumping is fast becoming a national issue, causing grave concern among the public and also the government.  Between 2005 to 2011, over 600 babies were “dumped” – a term that encompasses different acts such as tossing infants from windows and simply abandoning them in fields.  This year, there have been 31 cases  so far.

Sources:

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/my.html

http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/malaysia_statistics.html

http://www.kualalumpurpost.net/were-malaysia-the-10th-laziest-nation-in-the-world/ http://www.ijtef.org/papers/174-T10013.pdf

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20120706-357467.html http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-28/malaysia-s-baby-dumping-epidemic.html

http://thestar.com.my/columnists/story.asp?file=/2012/8/15/columnists/alongthewatchtower/11857720&sec=alongthewatchtower

http://www.biospectrumasia.com/biospectrum/opinion/3120/robust-multi-tech-approaches-hiv-therapies-malaysia#.UHDAQJjA9hU

http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/06/22/muslim-divorce-cases-drop-in-2011/ http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/muslim-divorces-hit-all-time-high-in-malaysia/

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/8/10/nation/9272337&sec=nation

http://www.aidsalliance.org/linkingorganisationdetails.aspx?id=52

http://www.icomp.org.my/new/uploads/fpconsultation/Malaysia.pdf

http://www.un.int/malaysia//GA/66/66unga41_27B.pdf

 

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