Indigenous People, Modern Lifestyles

The shift to a sedentary, urbanized lifestyle that favors processed foods over a traditional diet is building health risks among indigenous communities.

Ecuador’s Kichwa people are “attuned” to the risk factors that may be contributing to the rise of cancer in their community, such as pollution, urbanization and the shift to more processed foods, according to research published this month.

Separate research found that among Brazil’s Xavante people, consumption of ultra-processed foods contributed to 66% of the tribe having metabolic syndrome, an umbrella term for conditions that grow the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Industrialised food sales in Brazil have more than doubled in the past decade.


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