Indian Country 42 #33 – Hunger Strikes
“According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a long-standing federal government policy that required First Nations children to attend residential schools away from their families has contributed to the diabetes epidemic seen on Canadian reserves today.
“There’s quite a bit of evidence that children who attended residential schools across Canada, in different provinces and territories and over many decades of the 20th century, were very hungry,” said Tracey Galloway, professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto and one of the study’s co-authors.
“What we found is that those children experienced lifelong consequences to their health, and in fact their children and grandchildren bear the biological costs of that hunger and malnutrition.”
Galloway says children who suffer from malnutrition in their youth go on to have a body that wants to accumulate fat reserves more quickly than it accumulates muscle. As a result, these children are at a higher risk of obesity, insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, and this increased risk is passed to their children and grandchildren.”
– Global News,
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