The Thinnest Americans Are Asian Americans, CDC Data Show

Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, January 15, 2014

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New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that 38.6% of Asian American adults have a body mass index over 25, the threshold for being considered overweight. That’s far below the 66.7% rate among whites, 76.7% rate among blacks and 78.8% rate among Latinos.

Some Asian American adults are more likely to be overweight than others. For instance, 43% of men have a BMI over 25, compared with 34.7% of women. In addition, the prevalence of overweight adults is nearly 1.5 times higher among adults who are at least 40 years old than it is among those between the ages of 20 and 39, the data show.

The figures are based on physical measurements of Asian American volunteers who participated in the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2011 and 2012. During those years, researchers recruited extra Asian Americans for the long-running study in order to bolster the “scarcity of health information” about this minority group, according to the new report, released Wednesday.

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Asian Americans tend to be younger than white Americans, with 43.6% of the population between the ages of 20 and 39 and 19.3% past their 60th birthday, compared with 31.4% and 30% for whites, the data show.

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  • John Smith

    Now, can’t be. Race is only a social construct with no genetic basis.

    I heard it my whole life so it must be true.

  • Whitetrashgang

    You know I hate to say it but breaking down stats etc. I have come to the conclusion 65 percent of whites are idiots while 35 percent do all the real work to build a society. Yes the 65 percent does some very useful grunt work. I just say this because if you wonder why the people on top sell us out, and lie so much is because they have no respect for most white people. In this day and age if your fat it means except in certain cases you cant control yourself etc.I am not trying to be rude but this is the number I deal with. When the US was drumming us support to invade Iraq all I thought here they are at the U.N. lying and doing the bidding of Israel and Saudi Arabia. I invested all my money in oil futures and silver. Even 5 years after the war the 66 percent of Americans thought Saddam had something to do with 9-11. Most people are just idiots who cant control themselves, sorry.

    • Jenny Star

      As they say – 90% of everything is crap.

      • Garrett Brown

        I’d say 98% now a days.

    • LovelyNordicHeidi

      In Europe the stats are better, but low-intelligent people are really more attracted to eating unhealthy food (perhaps because of impaired ability to think about the consequences of eating unhealthy food?). It’s good that there is more public awareness about the correlation of food and health in Germany, and we must not forget that there is a (highly important) genetic component as well. I have once read that what your grandparents eat affects your health. So… I hope my grannies ate good stuff! I think they did.

      • Truth Teller

        Some intelligent people know the consequences but still eat unhealthily because it makes them feel better and “you only live once”…

        • Garrett Brown

          If you become morbidly obese because “you only live once” you aren’t intelligent, sorry.

          • Truth Teller

            Some high IQ people are on drugs or are alcoholics. The same concept applies here.

          • Garrett Brown

            Totally different actually. Seeking a high or low is not the same as pushing yourself towards a heart attack at 50. Most drug users want to live to keep enjoying drugs.

          • Max Krakah

            uhhhh, many drug users are slowly committing suicide with their drugs. One can not “live to keep enjoying drugs”, all drugs take an enormous toll on ones health. Pot users are often overweight or obese. Meth users are skeletal and their bodies are rotting away. One needs to take stronger and stronger drugs as well to try to chase the same high, it is not a static, manageable proposition. There is a price to pay for “enjoying drugs” and it always shortens ones lifespan.

          • Drugs also get in the way of what normal people consider “life”. One former friend ended up wrecking his whole life on meth. I chucked him out of my house 10 years ago, before I knew he was using, because he stole from me. He was a TSA passenger screener, so a federal law-enforcement officer. He is now seven years into a three-to-life sentence for molesting children.

            Before he got into that “stuff”, he was a great guy: the sort of fellow who would drive his own truck to help someone move. His current mug shot has him looking like he’s going to die in about 15 minutes, and I still have not received one word of apology from him.

    • Sick of it

      You’re being too kind. Look at the percentage of people in each IQ range. Realize that fewer than 1% change the world…yet they are not the 1% currently in charge of the world.

    • Terra Magnum Imperium

      Agreed, sad but true…

  • bigone4u

    The data show what percent are overweight, but not HOW MUCH overweight. Blacks probably are the most elephantine, but my experience is with Mexicans. In my classroom, the chairs were designed to hold normal sized people. When the Mexican elephants waddled into the room, they had problems slipping into those chairs. Likewise, when class was over, I thought a few times I would need to call EMS to have them extricated by the jaws of life. I never saw an Asian who needed anything other than a normal size chair, but I know they’re out there.

  • Spartacus

    Well of course Asians are thinner, they eat healthier food :

    • Bossman

      No! A lot of it has to do with genetics. No amount of junk food will make an East Asian woman have big tits. A genetic mutation that happened about 35,000 years ago is responsible for them being flat-chested. The NY times did a recent story about that.

      • Spartacus

        I see you’re new to sarcasm…

        • Bossman

          In your case, I can’t always tell. Why do you carry so many gross pictures? I’m beginning to wonder about you.

          • Spartacus

            Because no one else will .

      • leftists are delusional

        Web searching for a story about Asian woman and breast size can lead to some less than wholesome results.

        Was an interesting story though, and confirms that race is a bit more than a social construct, but all races are blessed with equal intelligence no matter what science proves.

  • George Clark

    Where’s Englepuke, the poster child for Autism?

  • Sick of it

    Asian Americans are also less likely to have the muscles that European Americans do. Muscle turns to fat when you don’t keep in shape.

    • AutomaticSlim

      I have heard people say this for a long time, but does muscle really turn to fat?
      I don’t think that is right.
      I have read that there are a finite number of fat cells in the body, and they either shrink or get “fatter” depending on your caloric intake vs the amount of calories you burn off.
      So it would seem that the more sedentary one becomes, the less one should eat. Otherwise, as your muscles shrink and your fat cells grow, you will become fatter and fatter. But then again, what do I know? I’m no doctor.

      • Tim_in_Indiana

        Muscle doesn’t literally turn into fat. However, muscle is more metabolically active than fat. If someone who loses muscle as they age continues with the exact same caloric intake as when they were younger, they will get fatter, and therefore the muscle will appear to “turn into” fat.

        • Max Krakah

          The mitochondria of the cells in one’s body deteriorate with age, this is the real cause of age related weight loss and a lower activity level. There are some things that contribute to the degeneration of mitochondria, one of them is oxidation caused by high iron levels. More mitochondria will be created in one’s cells if one fasts periodically, or fasting causes mitochondrial biogenesis, high intensity exercise does so as well. A lifestyle where no stress is ever placed on the body, neither calorie restriction nor intense physical exercise, (aerobics doesn’t count as intense), will lead to physical degeneration, which is what we see in the west.

      • Garrett Brown

        If you keep the same calorie intake that you had when gaining the muscle.

    • Whitetrashgang

      No muscle cells shrink and fat cells get bigger, two separate things.

      • IstvanIN

        Muscle cells get bigger with exercise, fat cells get, well, fatter.

        • Whitetrashgang

          Are you asking me out?

          • IstvanIN

            ???

  • OhWow

    Dat be raciss!

  • IstvanIN

    I saw a black woman tonight in a miniskirt that should have been illegal. Talk about junk in the trunk. It was both disgusting and something mind boggling.

    • Whitetrashgang

      So how did the date go? Any footage?

      • IstvanIN

        No, I did not take a photo of a strange woman in public.

      • Garrett Brown

        He vanquished his jungle fever.

        • IstvanIN

          Jerks is all I can say.

          • Terra Magnum Imperium

            Maybe, but you set your self up for that one.

          • IstvanIN

            How, because I saw a fat black women? That means I have jungle fever? You have never seen a fat black women? If that is the case you either never leave the house or turn on the TV or extremely lucky.

          • Whitetrashgang

            It just a joke nothing personal.

    • Bossman

      Black men like their women to have bountiful bottoms. Have you ever heard the song: Baby’s got back?

      • Magician

        Of course that is a hilarious song

        Black men prefer obese white women to skinny white women if they do choose to date a white woman

  • willbest

    Its important to note that while Asians might be thinner they are more prone to intra-organ fat than other races, which means they are unhealier at lower body fat %. This means that when you look at something like diabetes they have incident rates higher than whites.

    “After adjusting for population age differences, 2007–2009 national survey data for people ages 20 years or older indicate that 7.1 percent of non-Hispanic whites, 8.4 percent of Asian Americans, 11.8 percent of Hispanics/ Latinos, and 12.6 percent of non-Hispanicblacks had diagnosed diabetes.”

    — National Diabetes Statistics, 2011

  • Does this mean that junk-fried garbage with blork-sauce washed down with HFCS soda and hard drugs are bad for a person? That’s really suprising!

    • Max Krakah

      blork-sauce?

      • Whatever it is that they dip their fried food into before shoveling it down makes me want to BLORK all over.

        • Katherine McChesney

          Blacks seem to use a lot of hot sauce on their fried foods. I knew a morbidly obese blacks woman who carried a bottle of pepper sauce in her purse.

          • IstvanIN

            They keep it at their desks at work. They buy fried chicken from the chinese take-away, which is VERY greasy, and then cover it with hot sauce.

        • Max Krakah

          I’ve never seen this. I have no knowledge of this Blork sauce of which you speak.

  • Truth Teller

    Not very surprised. The only Asians I have really seen to be obese are people like Filipinos and the Hmong. Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans are in good shape.

    • Bossman

      A lot of this has to do with genetics. According to a story in the NY times recently, the same genes responsible for giving East Asian women thick hair shaft are also responsible for making them flat-chested.

      • Truth Teller

        I think part of it is genetics and part of it is diet. In a lot of American households, it’s a routine thing to unhealthy.

        • Max Krakah

          I know of people who have an extra fridge in their garage for nothing but SODA. If high fructose corn syrup was eliminated from the food supply then rates of obesity would fall. Sucrose is not as bad, but it is not very good either. Fructose will damage the mitochondria of the cells, so a person will burn less calories, and feel less energetic.

      • Max Krakah

        It could also be diet.

  • Korean guy

    Too much of anything is not good. Yes many Asian women are very skinny but many of them have very small butts and breasts.

    A seasoned human female anatomist claimed that it is impossible to be skinny and have large breasts at the same time. Anne Hathaway is an example. When she was “just right” she had very big beautiful breasts but recently she lost so much weight and also gone are her twin girls.

    If you are obese, yes you will shorten your life, and if you are too skinny, that will also shorten your life.

    There are some young girls who suddenly stop eating altogether simply because they want to lose weight and they should not do that because….

    1. Guys love girls with curves in the right places as opposed to girls who are simply very skinny. If we guys like skinny girls so much, then we might as well simply go for other guys.
    2. It is very dangerous to reduce the amount of nutrition we regularly consume because our bodies are designed to mend broken parts of our bodies using the energy and nutrition provided by the foods we consume.

  • Garrett Brown

    Skinniest/healthiest in the world, ofcourse they’re the healthiest/skinniest in whatever country they live in.

  • Garrett Brown

    It is rather silly. I’m 6’3 235 but labeled obese because of my muscle (even though I’m 12% body fat). My doctor even said the way they measure BFI is ridiculous.

  • Truth Teller

    They are thinner because they have a healthier diet. They don’t eat as much fast food for instance. The Japanese in particular eat a lot of seafood and this is good for the health.

    • Japanese men smoke cigarettes more that white men and still live longer. Tokyo area Japanese also eat a very salty diet. We really have only three choices here:

      1. Race really exists and northeast Asians naturally live longer.
      2. Saturated animal fats really are unhealthy.
      3. Some combination of the above.

      • Max Krakah

        Western diets create higher levels of unbound iron in the blood. Iron is very reactive with oxygen, when unbound it causes tremendous damage from oxidation, literally it rusts a person. Your body tries to control his by binding the iron to ferritin, High ferritin levels indicate a high iron load. The japans eat much less iron containing foods, therefore they can be heavy smokers without it causing as much damage.
        Saturated animal fats are actually very healthy as they are much more resistant to oxidation than PUFAs.

        • IstvanIN

          So we rust?

  • Bossman

    That is not true at all. Have you ever been to Brazil or the Caribbean? Body weight is not only about diet and climate. It is also about genetics and sexual preferences.

  • Take up cross-country skiing. I’m 47 and I look like someone’s D.I. from basic.

    You are “not past your prime”.

  • Mack0

    Blacks are the most well fed impoverished people the world has ever known.

  • Max Krakah

    Junk food can not be blamed. An Iowa school science teacher, John Cisna, ate nothing but McDonalds for 90 days and lost 37 lbs. He ate whatever he wanted but limited calories to 2000 calories a day. IT is overconsumption that is the cause of obesity, lack of self control. Some people may have the self control but they use food to deal with boredom.

    • Terra Magnum Imperium

      70% of glucose is used by your brain, dieting can negatively affect cognitive function but too much of anything is bad for you.

  • Max Krakah

    The European sauces are actually very healthy. Demi Glace and sauces derived from it are rich with gelatin, nucleotides as well as vitamins and minerals from the vegetables used in their preparation.

  • Max Krakah

    I recently got tired of the low carb diets. I have done the potato diet and I am amazed that I can lose , on average, about 5 lbs a week. It is not always a steady loss. I may go a day or two without the scale changing, then it will show a two pound loss. I even cheat a little and use a little more fat that I am supposed to ( 1/2 teaspoon butter, lard or coconut oil per medium potato) , and sometimes I make potato pancakes with eggs. Even with cheating every few days by buying a fast food hamburg , I still lose weight as long as I keep the calorie total down below 2000 a day. I also take 6000 mg of L-carnosine a day and 1000mg of acetyl l carnitine. I know the weight loss and the calorie restriction do not add up, I can’t explain it. Something in the potato, whether it is resistant starch or something else must be doing something.

  • Terra Magnum Imperium

    Agreed, especially annoying when they cross the street extra slow…

  • rebelcelt

    I think you are probably right but, I also believe that at least half of our problem is lack of exercise.I was forced to take a job moving boxes and unloading and loading boxes and 75lb mailbags. I lost some weight. But, there were former office type guys that had lost their jobs also doing this work. They were losing 30-40 lbs.Our society has a dearth of physical labor.