Resetting the Narrative in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Research

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Abstract

As the oldest continuous living civilizations in the world, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have strength, tenacity, and resilience. Initial colonization of the landscape included violent dispossession and removal of people from Country to expand European land tenure and production systems, loss of knowledge holders through frontier violence, and formal government policies of segregation and assimilation designed to destroy ontological relationships with Country and kin. The ongoing manifestations of colonialism continue to affect food systems and food knowledges of Aboriginal peoples, and have led to severe health inequities and disproportionate rates of nutrition-related health conditions. There is an urgent need to collaborate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to address nutrition and its underlying determinants in a way that integrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ understandings of food and food systems, health, healing, and well-being. We use the existing literature to discuss current ways that Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are portrayed in the literature in relation to nutrition, identify knowledge gaps that require further research, and propose a new way forward.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbernzaa080
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Developments in Nutrition
Volume4
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

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Keywords

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Indigenous
  • Nutrition
  • Food health
  • Knowledges
  • Colonization
  • Health
  • Food

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