Singapore kids are getting tubbier
In 2015, 12 per cent of kids here were overweight, or above the 90th Body Mass Index (BMI) percentile on BMI-for-age chart, based on the Health Promotion Board’s statistics. Last year, it went up to 13 per cent.
The National University Hospital’s (NUH) division of paediatric endocrinology has also seen more parents seeking help for their kids’ weight issues in recent years.
Last year, it saw about 150 cases of weight-related problems, which is an estimated 130 per cent increase from 2013 to 2017, says Associate Professor Loke Kah Yin, the division’s head and senior consultant.
Overweight children are usually referred to the clinic from the polyclinics, general practitioners, private paediatricians and the School Health Services, he adds.