Principal components analysis was used to study the distribution of adipose tissue in adult Tokelau Islanders. Approximately one half of the sample migrated as young adults and settled in New Zealand. An analysis of variance revealed significant influence of migration (p = .001) on the Relative Fat Pattern (RFP). The migrants’ RFP reflects a greater proportion of fat on the trunk and on the upper part of the body compared to the nonmigrants. The change on the RFP in the migrants is consistent with the changes on morbidity reported by other authors for the same population.
Ramirez, Maria E.
"Biological Variability in a Migrating Isolate: Tokelau Effects of Migration of Fat Patterning in Adults,"
6, Article 4.
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