Looks like China’s spike in junk food consumption is even more serious than once thought. Studies have shown that Asians are 60 percent more likely than Caucasians to develop diabetes even at the same body mass index.
Also president of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition, Robert H. Lustig said the number of people in China with diabetes is at 98.4 percent greater than the United States with 24.4 percent. He noted, however, that diabetes gets worse when people get older.
Normally, Lustig said, diabetes is associated with obesity. “But that’s not actually, true because the level of obesity in China is not high and diabetes is higher, same findings proved true in India (with 65.1 percent of diabetes, second to China) where the incidence of diabetes is lower than obesity.”
“Eighty-percent related but not the same,” said Lustig, “it doesn’t mean that if you are obese, you have diabetes. Asians can afford to gain weight much less than African Americans and Latinos — and this is why, Asians are the canary in the coal mine.”
Genetics only contributes 3.3 kg (of BMI) from all the factors and Lustig said, “the rest can be explained by environment and that genetics contributes five to 10 percent of trait variance of Metabolic Syndrome.“Obesity is not the issue in China. At issue are metabolic syndromes such as diabetes, dementia, alzheimer, cancer, and so on,” he added.
China unsurprisingly boasts the highest diabetes rates in the world, and a swelling obese population.
So the next time you see some granny cramming Pocky Sticks into a not-so-little-emperor, drop them knowledge!