Report: Thinner Doesn’t Mean Healthy for Asian-Americans

Melissa Dahl, NBC News, January 15, 2014

Asian-Americans tend to be skinnier than white, black or Hispanic Americans, but that doesn’t necessarily equal healthy, new national data reminds. People of Asian descent still struggle with health issues associated with being overweight, like hypertension and high cholesterol.

The report found that Asian-Americans do tend to be thin: About 38 percent of Americans of Asian descent are overweight, meaning they have a BMI, or body mass index, higher than 25. Compare that to 66 percent of white Americans, 76 percent of black Americans and nearly 80 percent of Hispanic Americans. {snip}

But Asian adults were about equally as likely to have high blood pressure as white adults, and the rate of high cholesterol among Asian-Americans was about the same as it was among white, black or Hispanic adults in the U.S.

That’s because BMI doesn’t tell the whole story. “At a given BMI,” the authors write, “Asian adults may have more body fat than white adults.”

It’s the first time Asian-Americans have been included in this national data looking at the hypertension, high cholesterol and high body mass index of U.S. adults. {snip}

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  • borogirl54

    I think it is due to two reasons, the first is the stress of living in a new environment for new immigrants. Secondly, many Asians do not go to the doctor regularly to monitor blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • Alfred the Great

    It’s called genetics. You can fine tune your predispositions with exercise and diet, but those behaviors can’t counter what’s in a person’s genes.

  • Spartacus

    Race is just a social construct, so the authors of this study are obviously naziswhowanttokillsixmillionjews .

  • DaveMed

    I don’t think the Asian-American diet is nearly as healthy as the “traditional” Oriental diet of fish, rice, etc.

    That said, I am surprised to read this. I don’t know many fat Asians.

    • ben no

      All that chopped meat of chicken, dog and cat, fried food and oily grease in Chinese cooking is hardly healthy, and Japanese would probably agree.

    • Dr. Möbias

      Who cares? Should we be focused on the FACT that there is a White genocide going on? Why should a single White care anything about anything having to do with Asians?

      Let their own people deal with it.

      THIER population is not declining, but ours is. Shouldn’t we focus on THAT and not on Asian or Latino issues?

      • Lagerstrom

        I ‘m sure that most of the Asian contingent are really losing sleep wondering about the health-issues that may affect us White people!

  • bigone4u

    If America were 100 percent white as intended, there would be no need for studies breaking out data by race. Doctors have a much more complicated job due to racial differences that relate to health. It means that they are more likely to make a mistake in diagnosis and treatment. That’s just another hidden cost to whites of multiculturalism–a higher death rate.

    • JohnEngelman

      If America was intended to b e 100 percent white, the slave trade would have never been allowed.

      • ben no

        Even with the forced slave trade on Jewish supremacists orders, North America was still around 96% white. So close to hundred. And Lincoln wanted to ship the freed slaves back to their homeland, so indeed, the country was intended to be all white. Nice try, white genocide pusher.

        • DaveMed

          The “Jewish slave traders” theme is a poor excuse. America screwed up, and we have to live with the consequences. That’s the intellectually-honest approach.

          Ideally, we’d learn our lesson about the down-the-road costs of “cheap labor” and reject the hordes from Mexico. Fat chance.

          • Terra Magnum Imperium

            Agreed, it’s the selfish self interest of whites in power both past and present that’s doing the most damage.

          • Max Krakah

            we have to DEAL with the consequences, Living with them has become unacceptable, now we must DEAL with that and SOLVE it!

          • DaveMed

            Fair enough.

        • Bossman

          What North America was that? Before the American Revolution the continent was mostly Indian country. At the time of the revolution, one in four was black. The USA was never 96% white.

          • ben no

            The USA was never 96% white. 1950’s America would strongly disagree.

          • Bossman

            They were wrong. In 1950s America, Blacks had to leave town by sundown so white people in those times had a false impression of what the USA was.

      • Archibald_Cunningham

        The American citizenry was always intended to be 100% white.

        • JohnEngelman

          The Fourteenth Amendment: “Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

          • Archibald_Cunningham

            I know exactly what the 14th amendment says. It was adopted nearly 100 years after the U.S. was founded, by only half the country (conveniently the half with hardly any non-whites), who meant to punish the other half. The brilliant minds (much more so than you, I, or 99.9% of “progressives” today) who established the country and actually wrote the Constitution would never have supported such a clause, because they intended that the American citizenry should be 100% white.

          • IstvanIN

            You win, and by a huge point spread.

          • Archibald_Cunningham

            Thank you. I’ve noticed Engelman seems to think simple verbatim quotes constitute a sound argument. It’s really only one small step above lefty name-calling.

          • Max Krakah

            Nobody cares what you have to say John, you are person non grata here.

        • Dr. Möbias

          Correct. The Constitution dedicates America to “ Secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and OUR Posterity.”

          That was White people writing those words, so they meant White people`s Posterity, not the non-White global herd of “New Citizens” that anti-Whites have foisted on us.

          Somalis, Mexicans and Asians are NOT the posterity of George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson

  • Anon

    BMI isn’t in any way a useful measure of appropriate weight. Your average, muscled, American young man, is still “obese” by his BMI with 5% body fat (low enough to be ultra-ripped like Adonis).
    Body fat percentage is the correct measure. A $10 impedance scale from Walmart can measure it accurately. I will go so far as to say, anyone still using BMI is doing so to lie via research. Accurate, effective measures of body fat are so easy and so cheap that there is no excuse and quite frankly, so much as mentioning BMI is reason for an article to fail peer review.

    • willbest

      Impedance scales can’t be used shortly after certain events. Such as eating, waking up, showering, working out. Its not really even body fat, but fat between the organs.

      Waist to height ratio is a good quick hit, measured from around your belly button. Your waist should be less than half your height. So 0.5.

  • Dr. Möbias

    And I should care, why? Wouldn’t this article be better on a pro-Asian site rather than a pro-White issues site?

    Geez, American Renaissance. I come here to read about White issues and what do I find tonight? An article on Asian-Americans and Latinas and their body issues.

    No wonder so many posters have bailed from here.

  • Truth Teller

    Asian, including men are very prone to osteoporosis . I don’t under stand what this article has to do with the pending genocide of Whites and the continuing effects of affirmative action, black on White crime and the horrors our children endure in the black and brown schools.
    This article was probably written by some grant hustlers looking to found a government funded non profit to study Asian health

  • Truth Teller

    After reading Engleman’s defense of the Jewish slave trade, I am going to log off and watch a netflex movie.
    FYI Engleman, Portugal never expelled the Jews. Instead the Jewish slave traders expelled by that great heroine Isabella of Spain moved to Portugal and expanded their slave trade to the Portuguese colony of Brazil.
    That is why Brazil has so many blacks and Spanish America has so few.
    Why don’t we stop donating and boycott the April conference until the monitors ban Engleman.

    • Bossman

      As I understand it from the history books, those expelled Serphadic Jews went to Holland and then to Dutch-controlled Brazil and New York. When the Portuguese took back Brazil, a lot of those Jews went to the Caribbean Islands because they knew more about turning sugar cane into sugar than anybody else..

    • Susie

      Truth Teller is delusional. Brazil is 45% white (descendants of white immigrants from Lebanon, Syria, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Poland), 45% mixed-raced (mulattos, quadroons) and only 7% pure black and 0.5% Amerindian.
      Just SEVEN percent PURE black. The rest are whites (45%), octoroons, quadroons, mulattos, mestizo (all in the other 45%).
      About 45% of Brazil is mixed-raced, so blame Brazil on miscegenation and colorism, not on their “blackness”.

    • Portugal eventually did, but I can’t remember the date. I think it was done shortly before or at about the time of the Armada, when Spain and Portugal were a united kingdom under Phillip II.

    • Max Krakah

      Facts never mattered to Engleman

    • ben no

      Are we to presume that Engleman is a Jewish man married to an Asian wife with mixed Kids?

  • Truth Teller

    Susie,
    45 percent mixed black and White means a brown nation. Kudos to the 19th qnd 20th century White immigrants for not creating a mulatto problem. The rest of S America is mostly free of blacks because the Spanish never allowed Jew slave traders to bring Africans to their colonies.