Waistland: A (R)evolutionary View of Our Weight and Fitness Crisis (Google eBook)
Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett tackles the obesity and fitness crisis from an evolutionary standpoint.In the modern jungle of burgers, couches, and remote controls, obesity is an enormous and growing epidemic. Weight-loss books and diet gurus urge us to "listen to our bodies," but our instincts are designed for the African savannah, not food courts. The sugary and fatty foods that we, as hunter-gatherers, are programmed to forage used to be hard to come by. Now they're as close as the vending machine down the hall.
Radical changes are necessary and, fortunately, are biologically easier than small or gradual changes in diet. Barrett tells us how to reprogram our bodies, break food addictions, and ignore our attraction to "supernormal stimuli"—artificial creations that appeal to our instincts more than the natural objects they mimic. Barrett delves into scientific research—from animal ethology to evolution—to show the disastrous direction in which our instincts have led us, and how, using our intellect, we can get back on course.
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Review: Waistland: A (R)evolutionary View of Our Weight and Fitness CrisisUser Review - Laurie - Goodreads
Barrett compares modern people to paleolithic hunter-gatherers and uses the differences in eating and lifestyle to explain current weight and fitness problems. Barrett says that you CAN'T rely on ... Read full review
Review: Waistland: A (R)evolutionary View of Our Weight and Fitness CrisisUser Review - Edmund - Goodreads
It's no Michael Pollan or Marion Nestle, but I did highlight the hell out of it. There were several healthy morsels on how our weight and fitness crisis has emerged and ways to overcome it. Read full review
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