Tackling the invisible obesity problem
- October 8, 2020
- Posted by: DrAmar
- Category: Health
Being slim does not necessarily mean being healthy. Asian populations are more likely to store internal fat wrapped around their organs, while maintaining a slender outward appearance.This genetic response makes it more difficult to recognize obesity in Asia as opposed to Western populations.
People of Asian descent have a higher blood sugar response to carbohydrates, which can increase fat accumulation from carbohydrates. This is problematic considering the Asian cuisine heavily features rice dishes. Therefore, the incentive to consume more carbohydrates such as rice rather than fats may be contributing to the rising obesity rates in Asia.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that can dramatically increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, and nerve and kidney damage. Researchers are therefore looking for ways to reduce obesity levels and the health risks associated with obesity.