Immigrant health issues: Is Canada’s lifestyle making you sick?


Immigrant health issues: Is Canada’s lifestyle making you sick?
February 17, 2010 3:19 PM | Comments12Recommend5
By POV
CBC
Beautiful beaches in Somalia, such as this one in Kismayo, help people lead an active lifestyle that they don’t maintain when they immigrate to Canada. (Nasteex Faarax/Associated Press)

Some healthy people who immigrate to Canada find their health deteriorating after their arrival — an issue immigrant communities are struggling to understand and address.

“The immigrants when they come here, the first five years they are healthy,” said Abdirizak Karod, director of the Somali Centre for Family Services in Ottawa.

“After that, they join the club — the Canadian club: they [are] facing…diabetes, autism, blood pressure, depression and all those things.”
Many of those problems are virtually unheard of in Somalia, he said.

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