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Nutr Rev. 2003 Sep;61(9):316-9.

Understanding racial differences in obesity and metabolic syndrome traits.

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


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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