Understanding Obesity and the Influence of Acculturation on Metabolic Responses in East Asian Populations in the United States
Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States
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The relationship between obesity and weight-related health consequences may differ by ethnicity. East Asians are predisposed to develop centralized obesity and insulin resistance, which are the two major risk factors for diabetes. Furthermore, a diet high in fat and a lack of physical activity, which characterize Western lifestyle, may have a severe negative impact on metabolic consequences in East Asians in the United States. The first aim of this study was to compare anthropometric measures and metabolic responses both at fasting and in response to a naturalistic meal. The second aim focused on East Asians, was to examine the contribution of acculturation to metabolic responses in a path analysis to connect acculturation, diet and physical activity, body weight, and insulin responses.