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Jakarta Post

Childhood obesity rate skyrockets

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Unhealthy lifestyle: Studies show the prevalence of child obesity in Indonesia has increased significantly partly due to unhealthy lifestyle. (Shutterstock/File)
Gemma Holliani Cahya
Jakarta   ●   Tue, October 3, 2017

Arsyad Hermalka, 4, a student of early childhood education (PAUD) center in Kediri, East Java, has just started a healthy diet. He must eat plenty of healthy, not-too-processed foods. He now receives a carbohydrate controlled diet as well.

So far, he has not complained about the changes to his diet, so long as fried chicken, his favorite food, is still served on his plate.

Arsyad’s mother, Heci Heriani, 28, has also scheduled new afternoon activities for him, from cycling to football, to ensure he stays physically active every day.

“He weighs 32 kilograms and is 115 centimeters tall now. He is heavier than most children his age,” Heci told The Jakarta Post as she showed a picture of her son.

The normal weight ...

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