health risks associated with obesity may occur at a lower body mass index for people who are Asian.
This remains a huge health concern in the United States because obesity brings increased risks for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and even poorer mental health, the researchers said in a CDC news release.
For the nation as a whole, solutions to the obesity epidemic include a “sustained, comprehensive effort from all parts of society,” according to the CDC.
This includes addressing poverty, a lack of health care access, and other equity issues that can be contributors to health disparities.
On an individual level, people should also talk regularly to their health care provider about their body mass index, family history, lifestyle, and health risks, the CDC team advises.