29 Jul '11, 3am

Fat is more dangerous depending on ethnicity

Fat is more dangerous depending on ethnicity

WASHINGTON - Weight gain can be more dangerous for South Asians than for Caucasians because the fat clings to organs like the liver instead of the skin, said a study published Thursday. The main difference between Caucasians and South Asians comes down to how much space there is to store fat in the body and where it holes up, said Sonia Anand, lead author of the study in the public access journal PLoS One. "South Asians have less space to store fat below the skin than white Caucasians," said Anand, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at McMaster University. "Their excess fat, therefore, overflows to ectopic compartments, in the abdomen and liver where it may affect function." When extra fats cling to the organs, it can cause high glucose and lipid levels, which are risk factors for heart disease. That means South Asians with a weight and height ratio, or body mass ind...

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