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What is being done to combat obesity in Native American communities?

Native American culture does not view obesity as taboo, believing it to be ordinary and healthy. This mentality is the result of limited nutrition education, a lack of physical activity and a deficient diet. Native American communities have attempted to combat the obesity epidemic through intervention programs designed with native people in mind. These programs aim to introduce exercise facilities, nutrition education and overall healthy lifestyle changes. Intervention programs tailored to Native American communities are in the early stages and their longevity is uncertain. Regardless, there is a conscious, decided effort on the part of native people to improve their lifestyle and return to their ancestral eating habits.

Most Native American communities have focused their attention on future generations and the hope of conquering obesity, diabetes and the various other threats to native people's health, through early education and prevention programs.

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