An Analysis of Excessive Sugar Consumption in Children of The Mamanuca Island Chain.
The Mamanuca island chain of Fiji is a volcanic archipelago of 20 islands, with
Malalo Island being the biggest. Traditionally, rural Fijian populations such as those in the Mamanuca, have grown their own crops and maintained a relatively healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, over the last couple of decades, a nutritional shift in rural Fiji has replaced the conventional root crop diet, to that of refined fats and excessive sugar. This shift has led to huge medical consequences – the biggest being in the striking statistic that 30% of the population will, or has been diagnosed, with diabetes.
This short film is a chronological, compilation piece from a one month long medical research project that examined the current state of health among Fijian youth throughout the Mamanuca Islands (Solevu, Yanuya, & Nacula Village). This research project and film were made possible with support from The Dhablania & Kim Family Global Medicine Fellowship at University of Southern California as well as The Fiji Dental Medical Foundation.
Music by: South Pacific Singers – “Ni Sa Bula”
Komiku – “De l’herbe sous les pieds”
Joeli Taole and Siriako Bola
Film & Edit: Evan Schell (www.evanschell.com)