Is Genetic Labeling of "Risk" Related to Obesity Contributing to Resistance and Fatalism in Polynesian Communities?

dc.contributor.author Rodriguez, Lena en_US
dc.contributor.author George, James Rimumutu en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-15T22:52:36Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-15T22:52:36Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.description.abstract For Western health professionals, obesity and related illnesses are viewed as preventable and arising from lifestyle choices; however, for Polynesians and many other Indigenous peoples, these same diseases are regarded as genetically determined. This article examines this contradiction and questions whether high clusters of these illnesses are evidence of “faulty genes” or are a product of other socioeconomic and cultural influences related to postcolonial marginalization. We suggest that both the ways genetic findings are disseminated and a limited understanding of their predictive capacity may in fact contribute to certain fatalistic attitudes within these populations. Labeling Polynesians “at risk” can engender fear in the community, arguably leading to a greater reluctance of people to be tested. In turn, this leads to more Polynesians presenting late for treatment as well as to poorer outcomes. Our article focuses on the results of qualitative interviews with sixty-seven Polynesian migrants to Australia. en_US
dc.format.extent 29 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Rodriguez, L., and Rimumutu, J. 2014. Is Genetic Labeling of "Risk" Related to Obesity Contributing to Resistance and Fatalism in Polynesian Communities? The Contemporary Pacific 26 (1): 65-93. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/35803
dc.publisher University of Hawai‘i Press en_US
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies en_US
dc.subject Polynesian en_US
dc.subject Indigenous health en_US
dc.subject obesity en_US
dc.subject genetics en_US
dc.subject risk en_US
dc.subject migration en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals en_US
dc.title Is Genetic Labeling of "Risk" Related to Obesity Contributing to Resistance and Fatalism in Polynesian Communities? en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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