Rising Rates of Obesity & Sleep Apnea in China
September 20, 2012
Western diets and lifestyles are taking a toll on China. A recent population study revealed that as of 2010, an average of 38.5% of Chinese over age 15 have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater (overweight or obese). Four percent are considered obese (BMI > 30). This is a 54% increase in overweight or obese categories compared with 2002, and a 208% increased rate of obesity. In the US, 78% and 46% meet these same criteria, respectively.
It’s been shown that Asians and African Americans are more susceptible to obstructive sleep apnea, due to smaller craniofacial structures. For every pound of weight gained, Asians develop higher levels of apneas and hypopneas.
It’s not surprising that children of immigrant Chinese in New York are found to have high rates of obesity and diabetes.
If you’re of Asian descent, are your children having problems with being overweight?