Invisible obesity tax – addendum

This post is just a container to hold some additional information that appeared soon after the earlier post was uploaded, in case this information proves useful in future.

Thanks to commenter Fox pointing to a “temporary” page on the Health Promotion Board’s website, we have unearthed their revised guidelines, intended for public health action (below).

The website, dated 16 March 2005, explains that recent studies have shown that many Asian populations, including Singaporeans, have higher proportion of body fat compared to Caucasians of the same age, gender and BMI. These studies have also shown that Asians have an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus at relatively low BMI levels. In Singapore, about half of adult Singaporeans with BMI of 22 to 24 have at least one cardiovascular risk factor. The revisions were made based on the recommendations from the WHO Expert Consultation in Singapore and findings from local studies.

BMI <18.5: Risk of nutritional deficiency diseases and osteoporosis

18.5 – 22.9: Low risk (healthy range)

23.0 – 27.4: Moderate risk

BMI >=27.5: High risk.

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The Straits Times, 12 Nov 2010 published two tables worth archiving here. The accompanying news article said that “The recommended daily intake for adults is pegged at 2,000 calories,” which translates to a recommended 600 calories per meal. “Of course, those who exercise a lot or do manual work can afford to eat more.”

2 Responses to “Invisible obesity tax – addendum”


  1. 1 Fox 13 November 2010 at 00:51

    Not that it matters but it was ‘Fox’ who first pointed out that the guidelines were changed in 2005 and gave the link to the HPB page.


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