This is equivalent to us throwing away 93,000 10kg bags of rice each day.
“Malaysians discard about 930 tonnes of unconsumed food daily. Wastage of unconsumed food alone in Malaysia has doubled over the past three years. This does not even include leftover food,” he said, adding that the unconsumed food mostly consisted of expired bread, eggs and old or rotten fruit.
Eating up a storm: A man piling up food on his plate at a restaurant in Petaling Jaya. Malaysians eat too much and many have no qualms about throwing away food even with a crisis looming.
Dr Agamuthu, who specialises in solid and hazardous waste management, said Malaysia was close to a developed country status in the amount of waste generated as compared to developing nations like India and Bangladesh, which had almost zero unconsumed food.
He said food wastage was higher in urban areas due to the difference in income levels with rural areas.
Nutrition Society of Malaysia president Dr Tee Ee Siong said many Malaysians tended to overeat, usually taking more food than they should.
He said it was a common sight to see Malaysians pile too much food on their plates, especially during meals at restaurants and buffets.
“It could be because they don't want the hassle of going back for a second helping or they are worried that the food would finish before they return.
“When we have too much food on our plates, we tend to overeat,” he said, adding that overeating was also the main reason for obesity among Malaysians.
According to Health Ministry statistics, 30% of Malaysians are obese while another 30% are overweight. Dr Tee said those preparing food in households should be more accurate in their estimations on how much they needed to cook to avoid wastage.
“Parents need to be more sensitive about the wastage of food and teach their children by example.”
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