Prevalence and correlates of obesity and overweight among Asian immigrant women in Korea

Sook Ja Yang, Hye Young Choi, Yeon Kyung Chee, Jung A. Kim

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This study examines the prevalence of obesity and overweight as well as associations between obesity and overweight and demographic, sociocultural, and lifestyle factors among Asian immigrant women in Korea. Data were collected from physical measurements and standardized questionnaires from 287 adult women from China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other Asian countries. The mean BMI (body mass index) was 22.0 kg/m2; 15.0% of the sample were obese (BMI ≥ 25.0), and 17.1% were overweight (23.0 ≤ BMI < 25.0). The highest obesity proportion was found in Filipino (22.0%) and the lowest in Vietnamese women (7.8%). Adjusted for demographic, sociocultural, and lifestyle variables, individuals with greater length of residence (5+ years; odds ratio = 3.22, P =.010) were more likely to be obese or overweight. For prevention of excess body weight, public health efforts need to be targeted to immigrants starting at arrival in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-630
Number of pages11
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Korea
  • body mass index
  • immigrant
  • obesity
  • overweight
  • women


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