01 Introduction

Researches has shown that there is a rise in the number of obese people as more and more people are starting to eat fattening food (The Financial times limited 2013). The National Health Survey (NHS) 2010 findings revealed a 0.65% annual increase in the prevalence of obesity (BMI 30) over the past six years, from 6.9% in 2004 to 10.8% in 2010. In Singapore, the prevalence of obesity among adults aged 18 - 69 increased from 5.1% in 1992 to 6.9% in 2004. Though the prevalence is currently low, it has steadily increased over the years. It is a major public health (Health Promotion Board, 2013).

(Ministry of Health, Singapore, 2012) Disease Burden Statistics

Our research is about improving the lives of the obese. As seen from the above chart, Obesity has the greatest increase over the years as compared to the other diseases. We want to understand the underlying reasons behind the increase in the obese rates each year. By doing so, we are then able to derive conclusions as to how effective the current efforts to address obesity in Singapore and what we can do to improve them such that we are also able to better improve the lives of obese people in Singapore.

Also, we have come to an understanding that society also plays apart in affecting the lives of obese people. Obesity affects us by contributing to social isolation and discrimination (LIVESTRONG, 2011). Based on our former conduction of research for our Research Proposal, we have noticed that many obese are under great pressure as they face discrimination by many people for being fat. Thus we would also like to find ways to spread awareness and to reduce the discrimination against the obese. By doing so, it would reduce their stress and urge to reduce weight in an unhealthy manner such as dieting. With that, they would live a better life. Certain ways we could start of with would be trying to get to talk to specialists and interview them with their opinion and certified ways to reduce weight in a healthy manner. And also to conduct mini surveys by targeting our own sst students on their opinions first.

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