Everyone has heard about the benefits of regular exercise. This is just based off the Department of Health Australia.
- Maintains body fat percentage
- Prevents type 2 diabetes
- Prevents hypertension
- Cardiovascular disease
- Prevents obesity related cancers
This is no coincidence that the top 5 risks of inactivity impacts Asians far more seriously.
When you look at the Asian population the average Asian person may look slim. But that’s just on the surface. Studies have shown Asians actually have lower BMI’s yet higher body fat percentages compared to other ethnics. Asians have more visceral fat and have different fat distributitons to other ethnics which explains the health complications they are more prone to in comparison to others.
Obesity is mainly measured through your Body Mass Index (BMI), which I’m sure everyone has heard of. If your BMI ranges from 25.0 – <30 you are considered overweight. If your BMI is 30.0 and over you are considered obese. It’s a simple formula using your height and weight and doesn’t account for your body fat percentage, bone density, and overall body composition and therefore is irrelevant to Asians.
When it comes to Type 2 diabetes Asians have double the risk of developing this condition. There was a study done in the US where 78,000 women were tracked for weight gain and development of diabetes to see if there were any difference by ethnic groups. After 20 years into the study they gathered women with the same BMI and found that Asians were more than double the likely of developing Type 2 diabetes in comparison to other ethnics.
Not only that, Asians women put together with the same BMIs are more likely to develop hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and obesity related cancers. It is also proven that an increase in weight in Asians overtime is more harmful in comparison to other ethnics.
I believe that there are two main causes of why Asians are more prone to health conditions which I will cover over my next posts…