The Social Determinants of Overweight & Obesity for Traveller Women

•    Traveller men and Traveller women die younger;
•    Traveller men have a life expectancy that is 15 years less than settled Irish men and Traveller women have a life expectancy of 12 years less.
•    Traveller men are 6.5 times more likely to die by suicide than settled Irish men and Traveller women are 5 times more likely to die by suicide.
•    A Traveller baby born in Ireland is almost 4 times more likely to die as an infant than a baby born in a settled Irish family.
These are the stark findings of the All-Ireland Traveller Health Study in 2010 The study concludes that the Social Determinants of Health have a have a major impact on the health of the Traveller population.

The Southern Traveller Health Network and University College Cork carried out research to explore the food choices of Traveller women in Cork and Kerry and the relationship between food and exercise with overweight and obesity among Traveller women.  This study reinforced the evidence that the social determinants are the key factors that impact on the food and exercise choices and ultimately the health of Traveller women.

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Cork Healthy Cities is very proud to have supported the STHN in partnership with the Traveller Health Unit in the HSE development of a short animated video to describe this research which will be available to download here soon.