Understanding Racial Differences in Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Traits

Authors

  • José R. Fernández PhD,

    1. Clinical Nutrition Research Center, Department of Biostatistics, Section on Statistical Genetics, and Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-3360, USA
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  • David B. Allison PhD

    1. Clinical Nutrition Research Center, Department of Biostatistics, Section on Statistical Genetics, and Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-3360, USA
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Abstract

Epidemiologic data demonstrate a positive association between obesity and certain measures related to the metabolic syndrome that differ among individuals of different ethnic/racial backgrounds. The effect of genetic and environmental factors on these differences is not completely understood; however, insightful information can be obtained by taking into account the degree of ancestral admixture in populations.

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