Official statistics suggest that about three adults out of 10 in Brunei Darussalam are obese.

Minister of Health Mohammad bin Haji Jaafar presented the statistics when marking World Obesity Day 2018 on October 16, the Borneo Bulletin reported.

The World Obesity Federation first launched World Obesity Day on October 11 three years ago, and the event is commemorated on the same date every year.

The objective of the day is to help people reverse an obesity endemic in many countries around the world.

Jaafar urged everyone to understand and be more aware of obesity issues and its effects on health. He also shed light on the problems that are derived from obesity stigma.

The Health Minister cited the 2016 Brunei National Survey on Risk Factors on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), conducted by the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies, and said 17% of youngsters aged from 13 to 17 years of age were obese.

He warned that the phenomenon will only get worse if the problem is not contained, as rates have been increasing exponentially.

The minister urged citizens to make healthy choices and to work together in eliminating the stigma about obesity by changing attitudes towards the issue and uplifting each other.

It is estimated that 650 million adults are obese, which is about 13% of adults worldwide.