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September 30th, 2003, 08:31 AM
Asian politeness leading to heart trouble ?

Experts have warned that the cultural trait among Asians of "eating out of politeness" is contributing to the already high levels of risk of coronary heart disease within the community in Britain.

To turn down food is considered disrespectful, and often leads to consumption that is not required by the body. This is particularly so during family and social occasions or festivals.

According to John Lawson of the University of Huddersfield, "Numerous studies carried out in the UK and in India and Pakistan tend to show that there is a higher risk of coronary heart disease and truncal obesity -- that is obesity around the middle portion of the body in Asian men.

"The fat tends to form around the stomach which is a much riskier form of obesity," he told 'Eastern Eye'.

Sarah Delanie, a nurse from Coventry came to similar conclusions in a four-year study with Asian patients.

"I found that Asians are genetically predisposed to gain weight around the middle area. There is a 40 per cent higher risk in Asian men from coronary heart disease," she said.

Delanie also noted the cultural trait of 'eating out of politeness' in the Asian community.
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