High obesity and smoking rates among Pacific Islanders: U-M study

September 25, 2012


Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Disparity & Health Equity Conference LogoANN ARBOR, Mich.—In the first study to detail the health of Pacific Islanders living in the U.S., University of Michigan researchers have found alarmingly high rates of obesity and smoking.  The preliminary findings are being presented today (August 24) at a conference in Los Angeles on health disparities among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. (Download a PDF copy of the Pacific Islander Health Study Report – 2012 Preliminary Findings.)

“Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are the second fastest growing minority population in the U.S.,” says Sela Panapasa, a researcher at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) and principal investigator of the Pacific Islander Health Study.  “But they are often under-represented in national surveys.” (more…)

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