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.



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