Towards an Objective Account of Nutrition and Health in Colonial Kenya: A Study of Stature in African Army Recruits and Civilians, 1880-190
AbstractHow well did Kenyans do under colonial rule?� It is common sense that Kenyans suffered under exploitative colonial policies.� The overall impact, however, is uncertain.� This study presents fresh evidence on nutrition and health in colonial Kenya by (1) using a new and comprehensive data set of African army recruits and civilians and (2) applying a powerful measure of nutritional status: mean population height.� Findings demonstrate huge regional inequalities but only minor changes in the mean height of cohorts born 20 years before and after colonisation.� From 1920 onwards secular improvements took place which continued after Independence.� It can be concluded that however bad colonial policies and devastating short term crises were, the net outcome of colonial times was a significant progress in nutrition and health.
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Nutrition; Health; Anthropometrics; Inequality; Colonial; Kenya;
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