Asians (Who We Are) by New Strategist

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Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2005, Series 10, No. htm; calculations by New Strategist WHO WE ARE: ASIANS 41 Few Asians Are Overweight Asians are much less likely than the average American to be overweight. The 56 percent majority of Asians have a healthy weight, a much greater share than the 36 percent of all Americans aged 18 or older whose weight is in the healthy range. Only 35 percent of Asians are overweight. Among all Americans, a much larger 58 percent are overweight. Asians are much less likely than the average American to be obese.

3 Note: Asians are those who identify themselves as being of the race alone or as being of the race in combination with one or more other races. Numbers may not add to total because some people have more than one type of health insurance. 9 Note: Asians are those who identify themselves as being of the race alone or as being of the race in combination with one or more other races. Numbers will not add to total because some people have more than one type of health insurance. 5 Note: Asians are those who identify themselves as being of the race alone or as being of the race in combination with one or more other races.

Fully 46 percent of Asians are lifetime abstainers, meaning they have consumed fewer than 12 drinks in their lifetime. Among all Americans only 24 percent are lifetime abstainers and 48 percent described themselves as current regular drinkers. ■ The high level of educational attainment among Asians explains their much lower smoking rate. 2 Note: Current smokers: have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in lifetime and still smoke; every-day smokers are current smokers who smoke every day; some-day smokers are current smokers who smoke on some days; former smokers have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in lifetime but currently do not smoke; nonsmokers have smoked fewer than 100 cigarettes in lifetime.

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