Similar to genetics, our ethnic backgrounds can predispose us to certain diseases and conditions. The risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and other diseases is higher in certain races and ethnic groups than others.
In America, those of African and Hispanic descent have higher rates of obesity and diabetes regardless of sex. Asian men and women generally have lower BMIs and smaller statures than other races, but may carry more abdominal fat, which is a risk factor for obesity and heart disease.
While often overlooked, socioeconomic factors greatly influence our overall health. Access to clean water, living in a neighborhood that is safe to walk in, and earning enough to afford fresh produce (instead of canned or processed food) can make it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Socioeconomic factors may be hard to change overnight, but understanding your limitations can make planning easier.
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