Country team for INFORMAS in Malaysia is led by Professor Dr. Tilakavati Karupaiah at Taylor’s University. Two process modules of INFORMAS (public and private sector) is been implemented in Malaysia as part of the first national survey in Malaysia on food environment policy. The new plan is to venture into the ‘Food Price’ module as we already have a database on food consumption patterns.
The Malaysia team is supported by module leaders from INFORMAS, Prof. Boyd Swinburn, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bridget Kelly and Dr. Stefanie Vandevijvere, for an International Development Research Centre (IDRC) project titled, “Mapping the implementation of priority food environment policies to tackle diet-related non-communicable diseases in South-East Asia: Comparison between three countries”. This is a multi-country study involving Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand, in collaboration with the INFORMAS. Ng See Hoe (William) is the PhD student/ Project Administrator for this project in Malaysia.
- The data collection for the public sector module started in August 2016 which was compiled into a report for the Food-EPI Expert Rating conducted on 11 April 2017 with expert participation from non-government organisations (NGO), professional societies and academia. Findings were disseminated at the ICN symposium in 2017 after obtaining country clearance and the Final Technical report launched on July 23 2018 by the Deputy Director-General of Health. The findings have also published in the Sept/October issue of Public Health Nutrition [Public Health Nutrition. 2018, 1-12. doi: 10.1017/S1368980018002379].
- Business Impact Assessment (BIA) – Obesity is close to completion. We completed the preliminary finding feedback to the companies and at the final stage of cross-checking the content of the full technical report prior to printing and design. A closed-door meeting with the industry is scheduled on 29th July 2019, where the overall findings will be presented to the companies through a morning briefing session. A public forum is planned after the closed-door meeting [pm same day] to disseminate the findings to the public. The audience includes government stakeholders, professional organisations, NGOs and others. We are pleased to have the support of the private module leader – A/Prof. Dr. Gary Sacks to support us in these events.
- People Involved
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- Outputs (publications, reports, conference presentations)
Status (as of July 2019)
Public Sector (Food EPI)
We presented part of the data from Food-EPI related to nutrition labelling at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference as the poster presentation (refer to output 8).
Preliminary findings were returned to respective companies and a final deadline (28 May 2019) was set for company feedback. In the absence of any response, it was assumed the company was “acquiescent by silence” to the preliminary findings. With this, the research team will be hosting 2 events on 29 July 2019, including (1) a closed-door briefing session with the industry and (2) a public forum to disseminate the overall findings of BIA-Obesity Malaysia.
|Food Composition||Not planning to be conducted at the moment||nil|
|Food Labelling||Not planning to be conducted at the moment||nil|
|Food Retail||Not planning to be conducted at the moment||nil|
|Food Provision||Not planning to be conducted at the moment||nil|
|Food Trade & Investment||Not planning to be conducted at the moment||nil|
- Ng SH, Kelly B, Se CH, Sahathevan S, Chinna K, Ismail MN, Karupaiah, T. Reading the mind of children in response to food advertising: A cross-sectional study of Malaysian schoolchildren’s attitudes towards food and beverages advertising on television.BMC Public Health. 2015; 15: 1047. doi: 1186/s12889-015-2392-z
- Ng SH, Kelly B, Se CH, Chinna K, Jamil SM, Shanthi K, Noor IM, Karupaiah T. Obesogenic television food advertising to children in Malaysia: Sociocultural variations.Journal of Global Health Action. 2014, 7: 25169, doi: 3402/gha.v7.25169
- Ng SH, Swinburn B, Kelly B, Vandevijvere S, Yeatman H, Ismail MN, Karupaiah T. Mapping the Extent of Implementation of Food Environment Policies from The Perspective of a Low-Middle Income Country-Malaysia. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2017, 71: 212-212. [Conference presentation].
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 2018, Food-Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI): Benchmarking Current Policies and Determining Priorities for Future Policies for the Malaysian Government 2016-2017, UKM Cetak: Bangi, Selangor. [Technical Report].
- Ng SH, Swinburn B, Kelly B, Vandevijvere S, Yeatman H, Ismail MN, Karupaiah T. Extent of implementation of food environment policies by the Malaysian Government: Gaps and priority recommendations. Public Health Nutrition. 2018, 1-12. doi: 10.1017/S1368980018002379.
- Vandevijvere S, Barquera S, Caceres G, Corvalan C, Karupaiah T, Kroker‐Lobos MF, L’Abbé M, Ng SH, Phulkerd S, Ramirez‐Zea M, Rebello SA, Reyes M, Sacks G, María Sánchez Nóchez C, Sanchez K, Sanders D, Spires M, Swart R, Tangcharoensathien V, Tay Z, Taylor A, Tolentino‐Mayo L, Van Dam R, Vanderlee L, Watson F, Whitton C, Swinburn B. An 11‐country study to benchmark the implementation of recommended nutrition policies by national governments using the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index, 2015‐ Obesity Reviews 2019: 1-10. DOI: 10.1111/obr.12819.
- Kelly B, Vandevijvere S, Ng SH, Adams J, Allemandi L, Bahena‐Espina L, Barquera S, Boyland E, Calleja P, Carmona‐Garcés IC, Castronuovo L, Cauchi D, Correa T, Corvalán C, Cosenza‐Quintana EL, Fernández‐Escobar C, González‐Zapata LI, Halford J, Jaichuen N, Jensen ML, Karupaiah T, Kaur A, Kroker‐Lobos MF, Mchiza Z, Miklavec K, Parker W, Kent MP, Pravst I, Ramírez‐Zea M, Reiff S, Reyes M, Royo‐Bordonada MA, Rueangsom P, Scarborough P, Tiscornia MV, Tolentino‐Mayo L, Wate J, White M, Zamora‐Corrales I, Zeng L, Swinburn B. Global benchmarking of children’s exposure to television advertising of unhealthy foods and beverages across 22 countries. Obesity Reviews 2019: 1-13. DOI: 10.1111/obr.12840.
- Ng SH, Kelly B, Yeatman H, Swinburn B, Vandevijvere S, Noor MI, Karupaiah T. Mapping nutrition labelling policies in Malaysia. PMAC Conference 29 Jan – 3 Feb 2019. [Poster presentation – Poster Slot E06, http://pmac2019.com/site/poster].
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 2019, Benchmarking Food Industry Commitments for to Create a Healthier Food Environment: Business Impact Assessment (BIA) – Obesity Malaysia 2019, UKM Cetak: Bangi, Selangor. [Technical Report – in press].
- International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
- Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (PhD scholarship at University of Wollongong for candidate Ng See Hoe (William) starting from July 2016)
- School of Healthcare Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia (in-kind contribution – infrastructure and facilities support)
- Early Start Research Institute, School of Health & Society, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia (in-kind contribution – infrastructure and facilities support for PhD student)