Besides cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, poor diet and physical inactivity are also two factors that will increase the risk of heart disease.
According to the Ministry of Health’s statistics in 2017, 36.2% of Singaporeans aged 18 to 69 years are overweight. Although it is a common practice to use Body Mass Index (BMI) as an estimate of body fat, BMI readings are not entirely conclusive that a person is healthy on the inside. Instead, the use of additional lifestyle measures such as diet and exercise frequency are required.
A recent report from the Queensland Health department estimated that 23% of those who are not currently overweight or obese, are at risk of being so in the future. So remember to keep your BMI within the recommended range of 18.5 to 22.9, monitor your diet with SHF’s Heart Smart Eating Plate (you are what you eat), and ensure that you get at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.