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The Real Reason for Australia’s Aboriginal Communities’ Disease Epidemic

The Real Reason for Australia’s Aboriginal Communities’ Disease Epidemic
February 17
01:06 2016

In the recent released Closing the Gap report, the most important reason for why Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders experience a higher risk of health concerns was mysteriously left out.

Smoking and alcohol receive most of the blame for their health issues in this report. However, the poor diet of these communities as a whole is a major contributing factor to why they fall victim to disease epidemics.

In the latest information released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it exposed food insecurity as an overwhelming problem in these populations.

One in five adults develop signs of chronic kidney disease and there are exceptionally high rates of anemia among pregnant woman, and these diseases are all linked to malnutrition.

These health conditions will only continue to impact these groups because their food staples are primarily unhealthy, processed foods. Deliveries of fresh foods to these somewhat remote areas are too expensive. And with low employment rates and low incomes, cheap food is often the only type they can afford.

Improving the food sources and eating habits would drastically enhance the population’s health. But, this has yet to be a major focus by the government, even though it should be. The indigenous societies will only benefit if there is a health strategy that specifically addresses malnutrition, such as programs that help provide refrigerators for fresh food and subsidizing fresh fruit and vegetable deliveries. Or programs that promote healthier takeout options and increase the options of nutritious foods. Without administrations stepping in with long-term plans to improve these communities’ health, they will continue to be all talk and no action.

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