New Study Encourages Polygyny for better health and wealth


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A recent study showed that in poor communities, polygynist are healthier and happier than monogamous families. The study which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal and has some interesting findings.

The research was done in households in Tanzania. It showed that polygynist families own more cattle and farmed more land than monogamous families in the same villages. There was also no evidence of children whose fathers had more than one wife were less healthy or hungrier than those in monogamous households.

Researchers are now calling for greater cultural sensitivity to lawmakers seeking to ban polygyny and polygamy.

Lead researcher, David Lawson, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said: “Children in polygamous households either do better or just as well as children in monogamous households within the same village.” According to the study, first wives, who tend to live with their husbands, had significantly better nutrition and less stunting among their children than monogamous families.

The children of second wives, who usually live in separate homes adjacent to the first wife, were as healthy as monogamous families, although their food security was slightly lower. Lawson said: “It’s an important finding because we have this very strong language used by the United Nations and others that polygamy is universally harmful.
Most of the policy speak on this topic is not actually very evidence based. . . . What we are arguing for is cultural sensitivity.

Looks like I may be moving to Africa.

[KIAfrica]


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