“‘Wasting Away’: Diabetes, Food Insecurity, and Medical Insecurity in the Somali Region of Ethiopia”
In this article, Emily Mendenhall and Lauren Carruth investigate rising concerns about diabetes among Somalis in eastern Ethiopia. They focus on communities where obesity is rare and people face chronic food insecurity, forced displacement, recurrent humanitarian crises, and lack of access to medical care. Their findings demonstrate that food insecurity, medical insecurity, displacement, and crisis fuel diabetes in this population. Based on their findings, the researchers propose that clinical care for diabetes patients must address the pathogenicity of food and medical insecurity.