January 25, 2008

Fatter off the rez

Higher obesity rates found in off-reserve aboriginal people:  study

Aboriginal women 19-30 the most overweight groupAboriginal people living off-reserve are two and a half times more likely to be overweight than non-aboriginal people, according to Statistics Canada.

The 2004 study, focusing on Ontario and the western provinces, found that the main difference was due to higher obesity rates among aboriginal women aged 19 to 30. Rates for being overweight or obese among aboriginal and non-aboriginal men were statistically similar.

Off-reserve aboriginal people are more likely to suffer from health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and arthritis—all conditions that have been linked to obesity, Statistics Canada noted.

4 comments:

russell said...

Writerfella here --
What all such studies ignore is that Native Americans suffered the loss of their original diets, as well as their original lifestyles, after the invasion and conquest by EuroMen. In less than 200 years, Native diets were switched to foods that they never had experienced before. That Natives continued to consume foodstuffs in the same patterns as they ate theretofore means that the new foods no longer served them as well. Obviously, then, diseases related to nutrition were theirs to inherit. Genocide at times can be inherent rather than overt...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

dmarks said...

The passenger pigeon comes to mind. It had to have been a good part of certain Native diets.

Rob said...

The study I cited didn't ignore anything. It compared Indians on and off the rez, not Indians before and after Columbus. If the loss of original diets was a factor, it would've affected Indians equally no matter where they lived.

russell said...

Writerfella here --
Precisely stated, Rob! Once in a while, you do hit it!
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'