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Obesity and Asian Americans: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Future Research Directions

  • May C. Wang
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Abstract

Obesity has been declared a global epidemic by the World Health Organization, and rates have also been rising among Asian Americans. In this chapter, we will discuss how obesity is defined and measured and if current definitions of obesity apply to Asian Americans; how prevalent obesity is among Asian Americans; why obesity is such a major public health concern today; what factors increase risk for obesity especially in the Asian American population; and ideas for future research.

Keywords

Obesity Rate Physical Activity Behavior Growth Chart Asian Immigrant Obesity Risk 
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  1. 1.Department of Community Health SciencesUCLA School of Public HealthLos AngelesUSA

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