HomeVideoAn Analysis of Excessive Sugar Consumption in Children of The Mamanuca Island Chain.

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.

(http://keckmed.usc.edu/msgm/)

(www.fijidentalmedical.org)

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)

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