By DR KOH SOO LING
Sample reading test paper part 2
Questions 1-5 are based on the following passage.
Health: Help for heavies
With 43.11 per cent of the Malaysian population being overweight or obese, it is no surprise that there is an obesity clinic at Putrajaya Hospital.
Fazli was a chubby and cute toddler. Now, he has grown fat.
“I was always hungry so I kept eating. I was the fattest in my class,” he bemoaned. He was always ridiculed by his friends for being obese, and for not being able to keep up with them when walking or taking part in physical activities. He was 220kg at age 22. “My movements were restricted as I could not sit in a bus comfortably and I had difficulty getting in and out of taxis,” he said. He also suffered obesity-related health problems, so he sought help.
Doctors at a government hospital in one of the northern states referred him to Putrajaya Hospital’s Obesity Clinic two years ago. He arrived in an ambulance and consultant endocrinologist Dr Masni Mohamad was entrusted with the task of helping him.
“I had to assess him thoroughly on his first visit, which included evaluation of potential obesity-related diseases within history, physical examinations and laboratory tests. I had to get his weight history, and his eating and activity behaviour besides searching for trigger factors, including medications,” said Dr Masni, one of the pioneers at the clinic which opened in 2005 for just once a month and later twice a month.
Besides surgery, Fazli was put on a diet and physical exercise regime and finally started to lose weight. He is now 120kg and is still working hard to lose more weight.
The incidence of being overweight and obesity is rising globally, affecting virtually all ages and socio-economic groups. In 2006, the National Health & Morbidity Survey revealed that 29 per cent of adult Malaysians were overweight (Body Mass Index more than 25kg/m2) and 14 per cent were obese (Body Mass Index more than 30kg/m2)
Source: www.nst.com.my/nst/ar ticles/Health_Helpforheavies/Article/#ixzz0ou69lCDd
1. The opening sentence of the passage “With 43.11 per cent of the Malaysian population being overweight or obese, it is no surprise that there is an obesity clinic at Putrajaya Hospital” follows a __________________ pattern.
2. Another word for “bemoaned” is
3. Which of the following is INCORRECT? Fazli …….
A. could not travel with ease
B. suffered health problems
C. was immobile
4. The hospital opened the Obesity clinic twice a month probably because
A. obesity is a fatal disease
B. there were many referrals from all over the country
C. there was an increase in medical staff
5. Which of the following was NOT a recommended procedure for treating Fazli’s
C. alternative medicine
NEXT WEEK: Sample reading test paper part 3
1. B 2. B 3. C 4. B 5. C
Source: Learning Curve - New Straits Time
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