SINGAPOREANS are losing the battle of the bulge with one in 10 - or 10.8 per cent of the population - being obese, up from 6.9 per cent in 2004, according to the latest National Health Survey.

Findings of the survey, which is conducted by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) every six years, were revealed on Sunday at the launch of the annual National Healthy Lifestyle Campaign.

The growing obesity can be blamed on two main factors - Singaporeans are not exercising enough and not eating properly.

The bad news comes despite many efforts over the years to promote healthy living through exercise and proper diet. While the obesity figure is not as high as in other developed countries, such as in the United States, where one in three is obese, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) still sees cause for concern.

'This is a very worrying trend for us,' said HPB Chief Executive Officer Lam Pin Woon on Sunday.

Singapore's obesity trend - a 0.65 per cent increase a year - is similar to that seen in the US and Britain 30 years ago. Obesity in these countries has become a major problem. 'We have to do something now. Otherwise, 30 years down the road, we'll be where the US and the UK are now,' Mr Lam said.

More S'poreans are obese