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Heterogeneity in Obesity Status and Cardiovascular Risks in Multiethnic Asian Female Immigrants in South Korea

Title
Heterogeneity in Obesity Status and Cardiovascular Risks in Multiethnic Asian Female Immigrants in South Korea
Authors
Yoo, SeunghyunKim, HyekyeongCho, Han-Ik
Ewha Authors
김혜경
SCOPUS Author ID
김혜경scopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
ISSN
1010-5395JCR Link

1941-2479JCR Link
Citation
ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH vol. 27, no. 2, pp. NP448 - NP456
Keywords
Asian female immigrantsobesitychronic health conditionshypertensiondiabetescardiovascular risks
Publisher
SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Indexed
SCIE; SSCI; SCOPUS WOS
Document Type
Article
Abstract
The present study investigated the prevalence of obesity and the associated health conditions of multiethnic Asian female immigrants in Korea. Data were collected from 2246 immigrant wives in 7 largest ethnic groups in a national health examination program. The mean body mass index was 21.9 +/- 3.3 kg/m(2). Prevalence of obesity (body mass index >= 25 kg/m(2)) among immigrant women was 15.4%. Age-adjusted prevalence of obesity varied among groups by native country (from 10.4% for Japanese to 36.3% for Thai women). The likelihood of obesity significantly increased with years of residence in Korea (odds ratio [OR] = 1.44 for 5.0-9.9 years; 1.85 for >= 10 years), physical inactivity (OR = 1.84), and eating spicy and/or salty food (OR = 1.45). Prevalence of chronic health conditions also differed by country of origin. Significant associations were observed between obesity and elevated blood pressure (OR = 1.87), obesity and elevated cholesterol level (OR = 2.83), and obesity and prediabetes/diabetes (OR = 2.44) after adjusting for age, country of origin, and years of residence in Korea.
DOI
10.1177/1010539512459751
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