Rabbit Starvation

Rabbit starvation is a form of malnutrition experienced by explorers and native Americans eating exclusively from the the land during the Winter season, when food is scarce for prey animals.

It's caused by a diet restricted to the lean meat of animals such as rabbits, in the absence of carbohyrate and fat. Anthropologist and wilderness explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson wrote about it in several of his books. Here is one passage:

"But it has been found in various parts of the world that a diet of lean meat exclusively will cause diarrhea in from three days to a week. If no fat can be added to the lean, the diarrhea becomes serious and will lead to death. A well known field where such deaths occur is the northern edge of the forest in Canada where Indians are sometimes unable to find any food except rabbits. The expression "rabbit starvation," frequently heard among the Athapsc Indians north-west of Great Bear Lake, means not that people are starving because there are no rabbits but that they are going through the experience of starvation with plenty of rabbit meat. For this animal is so lean that illness and death result from being confined to its flesh."

The symptoms include diarrhea, headache, fatigue, low blood pressure and heart rate, and a vague discomfort and unstoppable hunger even after eating large amounts of meat. If fat or carbohydrates are given in time, the symptoms will resolve themselves over 2-3 days.

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