The Global Nutrition Report 2016 has placed Brunei Darussalam as the highest ranked country for adult obesity in the region. In his opening speech, the Minister of Health explained that overweight and obesity can lead to non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke, which are the leading causes of death in the country. In view of this, Yang Berhormat called for an immediate change towards unbalanced eating habits or diet, low physical activity and an inclination for high-calorie fast food with high salt and sugar contents.
Yang Berhormat said that the huge effect from obesity and non-communicable diseases can be seen from the Ministry of Health's budget allocation for the 2017/2018 financial year, where close to $196,000,000 or 62% of the ministry's budget has been set aside for secondary and tertiary healthcare or the treatment of patients. This amount, Yang Berhormat said, does not include the allocation provided under the Ministry of Health to fund for patients' treatment at the Brunei Cancer Centre, Brunei Neuro-Science Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre and the JPMC Cardiac Centre. Yang Berhormat added that this situation is certainly unsustainable not only from the aspect of funding the ever-increasing healthcare costs, but more importantly, in terms of its impact to the country's productivity.
Source: Radio Television Brunei