Newspaper article China Post

Biobank Data Says Taiwanese Body Fat Levels Exceed Average

Newspaper article China Post

Biobank Data Says Taiwanese Body Fat Levels Exceed Average

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Academia Sinica ([...]) announced yesterday that, based on the Taiwan Biobank database ([...]), Taiwanese people have a higher body fat percentage compared to the worldwide general standard.

Healthy body fat levels typically fall between 17 and 23 percent of net body mass. However, figures in Taiwan Biobank show that 53.52 percent of men and 72.65 percent of women in Taiwan have a body fat percentage which exceeds 23 percent of their body mass.

The database also found that gastric ulcers are the most common disease among men, while uterine myoma is the most common among women.

As nations around the world are all making efforts to build up biobanks and collect more information on genes for medical research, Taiwan has been carrying out the Taiwan Biobank project for one year. The Academia Sinica, which is in charge of the project, is prepared to invest NT$7 billion over the next ten years. …

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