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Filipino, Japanese Americans most likely amongst Asian American groups to experience obesity: study

  • Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed the data of 70,000 Asian Americans sampled from the U.S. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys conducted from 2013 to 2020.
  • The new study highlighted how the survey masked actual obesity rates and other associated risks among Asian American adults by lumping all Asian Americans into one group and using the standard body mass index (BMI) cutoff for obesity.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended in 2014 that a lower threshold of a BMI ≥ 27.5 kg/m2, instead of BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2, should be used in defining obesity in Asian groups.
  • Using the standard definition of obesity, the researchers estimated that the overall prevalence of obesity was 11.7% in Asian Americans, but using the lower cutoff doubled the prevalence to 22.4% overall.
  • Segregating the data between subgroups, obesity rates in Filipino and Japanese Americans were revealed to be 28.7% and 26.7%, respectively, which are close to the 29.4% rate in white people but still lower than the 39.7% rate of obesity in Black participants.
  • Using the standard definition, the prevalence of obesity among Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean Americans was 6.3%, 6.5%, and 8.5%, respectively, but using the suggested version reveals 13.6%, 13.2% and 17.4%.

Asian Americans from different ethnic groups possess significantly varied obesity rates, a new study has found. 

The study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine on Oct. 4, analyzed the data of 70,000 Asian Americans sampled from the U.S. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys conducted from 2013 to 2020. 

Exercise in a pill closer to reality after scientists discover molecule produced during workouts

anti hunger molecule
  • Stanford Medicine and Baylor University researchers have discovered that lac-phe, an amino acid produced after physical activity, is responsible for suppressing appetite.
  • The research team found that administering a high dose of synthesized lac-phe in lab rodents reduced their food consumption by half over a period of 12 hours when compared to that of a control group.
  • According to the study authors, plasma lac-phe levels also spike in racehorses and humans following physical activity.
  • The scientists believe their findings could potentially lead to an “anti-hunger” pill in the near future and even function as an alternative to exercise.
  • “Our next steps include finding more details about how lac-phe mediates its effects in the body – including the brain,” noted lead author Yong Xu. “Our goal is to learn to modulate this exercise pathway for therapeutic interventions.”

Scientists from Stanford Medicine and Baylor University have discovered a molecule that may be used to stop hunger cravings.

In a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, researchers analyzed blood plasma from mice that had just engaged in strenuous activities. 

Boba Milk Tea Apparently Has Over 2x More Sugar Than a Coca Cola and I’m in Denial

milk tea

The widely praised, milky goodness we all love to drink any time of the day, popularly known as boba tea or bubble tea or milk tea, apparently contains more sugar than a regular serving of soda, according to latest study conducted in Singapore.

In the experiment, which was commissioned by Channel NewsAsia, students in the Applied Food Science and Nutrition diploma course at the Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore tested out six popular brands of bubble tea to check out their sugar content.

Chinese University Now Offers Weight Loss Course For Students to Fight Obesity Rates

In an effort to help curb the growing obesity rate among its student population, a university in China offers a weight loss class to overweight students.

The special course, offered at the Nanjing Agricultural University in East China since 2015, is the brainchild of physical education teacher Zhou Quanfu. The program runs for six weeks, consisting of three or four 90 minute classes per week.