Why Are Samoans So Big?
Throughout history, Samoans have been large, with a range from 6-foot-5 to a staggering 20-feet-five. Their size and weight were important to their survival as warriors. Bill Parcells, NFL great, generalized Samoan physical characteristics, saying they were perfect for the trenches. Parcells believed Samoans were physically and mentally as tough as it gets in the NFL. Interestingly, his reasoning is supported by numerous sources, including Jon Entine.
Having weight and size was vital to being a good warrior
There is a myth that Samoans were built like tanks. Some biologists and anthropologists say that their ancestors were bloodthirsty warriors, but in actuality, they aren’t that big. In fact, not many Pacific Islanders or Native Americans are that big, so this myth isn’t entirely true. But size was a very important part of Samoan culture.
Genetic variants associated with higher BMI
A new study has discovered a gene variant that promotes fat storage in cells. This gene is present in almost half of Samoans, and it is associated with 35% higher BMI, according to researchers. Their findings were published online on July 25 in the journal Nature Genetics. This finding may help explain why the Samoans are more prone to obesity. Regardless of the cause, this gene variant may explain the connection between BMI and obesity.
Researchers have also found that the CREBRF gene has a relationship with BMI in American Samoans. The minor allele of the CREBRF gene is associated with an increased BMI of 1.36 kg/m2 in Samoans, which is equivalent to an increase of four kilograms in weight for a person of 1.7 m. The same association was observed in a Samoan sample of two hundred and twenty-two individuals.
The CREBRF gene has two variants: a variant in the CREBRF gene and a mutation in the CRF gene. Both variants are associated with a higher BMI, and they have different effects on individuals. Genetic studies in people of European descent can help researchers better understand the underlying mechanisms of obesity in different populations. They can also develop a way to identify if the genetic variation is responsible for a higher BMI among Samoans.
The Samoan population has one of the highest rates of obesity in the world. A study by US researchers suggests that the genetic variant associated with obesity is present in at least one quarter of Samoans. This finding is significant because this gene is relatively low in European and African populations. Nonetheless, it is unlikely to have any impact in people of Samoa who do not carry the gene. In fact, it is rare in Asian populations.
The study found a novel gene variant that has been associated with higher BMI in Samoans. This variant is associated with a higher BMI among Samoans, but it is not associated with an adverse lipid profile or increased insulin resistance. Carriers of this variant also have a reduced risk of developing diabetes. In other words, this gene variant contributes to overall energy balance, protects against obesity-associated metabolic disease, and promotes the safe storage of fat away from key organs.
Religion in Samoa
There are a number of religious traditions in Samoa. While they do not have an official religion, Samoans are devout Christians, embracing a variety of Protestant denominations. Although Samoa is not an officially Christian nation, Christianity has been a de facto religion for Samoans, and the laws reflect Christian beliefs. As such, Samoa is a Christian nation in various sociological, cultural, and religious senses. In the New Testament, no nation is ‘chosen’.
In Samoa, Christians and Buddhists practice a similar tradition. Samoans believe in the dichotomy of human nature. They believe that human souls die, but that their spirits, or agaga, continue to live after death. Samoans have long believed in an afterlife, although there is no universal description of it. However, the country’s constitution provides for religious freedom, and Christian holidays are observed on Samoan soil.
All Samoan villages have at least one church, and the pastor of that church typically lives in the most luxurious residence on the island. This pastor is often the richest man in a village, and he lives on the money donated to the church. The church’s missionaries collect tithes and offerings from Samoa’s people. Many Samoans follow strict guidelines when giving money to the church. In Samoa, it is considered bad luck to be a ‘nonbeliever’, and the Catholic Church is no different.
The small Muslim community in Samoa also faces difficulties going forward. According to the director of the Fiji Muslim League’s Da’wah department, the Samoan Muslim community’s numbers are decreasing. Because of a lack of support and migration, some converts have left the faith altogether. These challenges make Samoa’s Muslims a unique religious community, and they must work together to overcome these obstacles. If they wish to continue thriving, they need to embrace their heritage and their religious beliefs.
Historically, Samoans practiced a pantheistic religion in which human and nonhuman gods worshipped. There were few outward symbols of religion in Samoa and it was often thought that they practiced no religion at all. However, the arrival of missionaries in the early 19th century changed that. Samoa was receptive to Christian doctrine and built churches in its villages. Today, Christianity is a dominant creed in Samoa.
Sports in Samoa
If you are looking for a vacation in the Pacific Islands, consider going to Samoa for some of the island’s sports. This small country has a long-standing tradition of playing sport and a vibrant sports scene. Traditional Samoan games include kilikiti cricket and Samoa Rules football. Despite the cultural differences, Samoans excel in mainstream sports, including basketball, tennis, and soccer.
While sports for development programs in the Pacific Islands have become increasingly popular, they often fail to address a country’s specific social conditions. For example, in Samoa, women voluntarily participated in an intervention to increase netball participation. Volunteers attended coaching workshops and provided netball equipment to local teams. They were compared to comparison villages for their changes in netball participation and body composition based on socio-ecological determinants of physical activity.
To address the problem of lack of capacity, Nynette Sass, a former SASNOC board member and immediate past Chef de Mission, offered her expertise in sports administration. She is one of two qualified Master Educators in Samoa for the Oceania Sports Education Programme, which is offered by the International Olympic Committee. Sass emphasized the importance of training and preparing sports administrators to ensure a healthy environment for sports.
Rugby union is the main sport in Samoa. The national team has competed in every Rugby World Cup since 1991 and consistently ranks among the top 20 teams worldwide. Several Samoan players hold national records. Elvis Seveali’i, Tusi Pisi, and Jimmy Peau are the most decorated players in Samoa’s history of competitive sport. They also perform well at the Commonwealth Games. They are also proud members of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Amateur Boxing Association.
The island nation is perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving, and other water sports. The shallow waters are littered with coral heads, and there are numerous surfing spots and resorts. For those who enjoy the water, Upolu Island has world-class surf breaks and some remote surfing breaks on Savaii. There are also some beautiful waterfalls to be seen on the island. So, what are you waiting for? Get your vacation started in Samoa today!