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Obesity and Modifiable Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Among Chinese Americans in New York City, 2009–2012
Data on Chinese Americans in New York City suggest that both traditional body mass index (BMI) cut points and cut points modified for the Asian population should be considered in cardiovascular disease (CVD) research among Chinese Americans. A study examining the association between BMI and CVD-related risk factors in Chinese Americans in New York City found that Chinese American adults with obesity were significantly more likely to have diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol than their normal/underweight counterparts. These finding were replicated when researchers applied not only the standard BMI cutoffs but also the BMI cutoffs modified for Asians, which consider someone overweight at a lower weight than the standard BMI scale. The modified BMI cutoffs for Asians were created by WHO Expert Consultation based on the evidence that Asians had more than double the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than whites at the same BMI. This research adds to the growing evidence supporting the use of the BMI cutoffs modified for Asians for Chinese American and possibly other Asian American populations.
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