Patterns of Commodity Food Use among American Indians

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Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health, Vol: 7, Issue: 2, Page: 279-289

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Chino, Michelle; Haff, Darlene R.; Dodge Francis, Carolee
American Indian; Commodity foods; Food habits; Food preference; Indians of North America – Health risk assessment; Indians of North America – Nutrition; Non-insulin-dependent diabetes; Obesity; Community-Based Research; Diseases; Endocrine System Diseases; Medicine and Health; Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases; Race and Ethnicity
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Objectives: To better understand risks for obesity and diabetes among American Indians.Methods: Adults from tribes across the country surveyed to explore commodity food use patterns and food choice.Results: Respondents reported second and third generation commodity food use. Current commodity users stated preferences for canned and packaged meals and were more likely to participate in other federal food programs.Conclusions: Low-income, nutritionally stressed families relying on federal food programs may be at increased risk of obesity and diet-related chronic conditions due to long-term use of foods that are high in fat and calories and low in fiber.