Ethnic inequalities and sex differences in body mass index among tibet minorities in China: Implication for overweight and obesity risks
Article first published online: 23 JUL 2014
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American Journal of Human Biology
Volume 26, Issue 6, pages 856–858, November/December 2014
How to Cite
Zhao, D., Li, Y. and Zheng, L. (2014), Ethnic inequalities and sex differences in body mass index among tibet minorities in China: Implication for overweight and obesity risks. Am. J. Hum. Biol., 26: 856–858. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22587
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2014
- Article first published online: 23 JUL 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 JUL 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 12 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Received: 25 FEB 2014
- Talent Introduction Fund of Tianjin Normal University. Grant Number: 5RL115
- National Natural Science Foundation of China. Grant Numbers: 30830062, 31271283
In the present study, we for the first time investigated overweight and obesity level among Tibet minorities (Deng, Lhoba, Monba) living in remote villages at the south slope of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China. For each ethnicity, the total number of population is less than 10 thousands in China.
Anthropometric measurements were conducted on adult participants of three ethnicities in Tibet, China. Totally, the whole sample consists of 141 males and 163 females. Body mass index (BMI) was adopted to evaluate the overweight and obesity level.
Within each ethnicity, there was no significant sex difference on BMI. The general prevalence of overweight and obesity level of Lhoba ethnicity (18.42%) is higher than that of Monba (17.65%) and Deng ethnicity (6.29%). For each sex, the distribution of BMI classification was found to be significantly associated with ethnicity identity.
One possible reason for ethnic disparity among Tibet minorities in the present study is special dietary elements. Measures to prevent and cope with the problem of overweight and obesity among Tibet minorities are urgently required. Am. J. Hum. Biol. 26:856–858, 2014. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.