CONTINUITY AND CHANGES IN FOOD CONSUMPTION PATTERN AMONG TIBETAN REFUGEE COMMUNITY IN INDIA
Background: Food consumption pattern of refugee communities was carried by many scholars but little is known about the food continuity of refugees in host country and its implications on health. Aim: The present study highlights the issue of food continuity among Tibetan refugees in Bylakuppe settlement, India. Methods: 200 household data were collected in order to understand food consumption pattern by employing household structured questionnaire. Simultaneously, 23 individual data were collected consisting first migrants (15) and second generation (8) for qualitative study. Results: Households derive energy mainly from carbohydrates and animal fats and there is a high prevalence of food insecurity among Tibetan community. Conclusions: It is proven fact that food insecurity will have serious health consequences in terms of emotional and mental well-being and suggest that further study of food insecurity is warranted among Tibetan refugees across world.