Wednesday, January 15, 2014
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that 38.6% of Asian American adults have a body mass index over 25, the threshold for being considered overweight
That’s far below the 66.7% rate among whites, 76.7% rate among blacks and 78.8% rate among Latinos. Nearly 1 in 20 Americans is an Asian American - a person of Chinese, Asian Indian, Korean, Philippine, Vietnamese or Japanese descent - according to the CDC. That amounts to 15.4 million people, a figure that has climbed by more than 40% since 2000. Asian Americans tend to be younger than white Americans, with 43.6% of the population between the ages of 20 and 39 and 19.3% past their 60th birthday, compared with 31.4% and 30% for whites, the data show. The report also notes that 72.1% of Asian Americans attended school beyond high school and that 84.5% were born in another country.