Migration, Nutrition and Ageing Across the Lifecourse
Janice L. Thompson, University of Birmingham
MINA was a three year NDA research project which addressed ageing, migration, and nutrition across two generations of Bangladeshi women. The Bangladeshi population is one of the fastest growing ethnic groups within the UK, and are amongst the most socially disadvantaged. They have poorer self-reported and measured health status indicated by higher rates of disability, centralised obesity and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Older Bangladeshi women are particularly affected as they play a lead role in caretaking for multiple generations within relatively large extended families and many struggle to cope with the complex challenges of ageing, poverty, racism, and social exclusion.