Why Geese Don't Get Obese (And We Do): How Evolution's Strategies for Survival Affect Our Everyday Lives

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Henry Holt and Company, Oct 4, 1999 - Science - 224 pages
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What drives us to eat and accounts for different appetites? Why is breathing at high altitudes easy for birds and difficult for humans? Why do animals have two sets of sensory organs--eyes, ears, nostrils, etc...?

In Why Geese Don't Get Obese, physiologist Eric Widmaier describes the astonishing ways humans and other creatures have adapted to their environmental challenges in order to survive. Surprising examples, a sense of humor, and some insightful science make this book a delightful and lively read.


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Why geese don't get obese (and we do): how evolution's strategies for survival affect our everyday lives

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This well-written, easy-to-read book discusses reasons for some aspects of human and animal physiology. Recent books on Darwinian medicine such as R.M. Neese and G.C. Williams's Why We Get Sick (Times ... Read full review

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There are no negative physiological consequences of fattening in migratory birds, but there are profound consequences of obesity in people (premature death being one).


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CHAPTER TWO 1000 Cheeseburgers for Lunch
CHAPTER FOUR Getting Enough to Drink
CHAPTER FIVE OxygenThe Breath of Life
CHAPTER SIX Life Under Pressure
CHAPTER EIGHT Sensing the World Around
CHAPTER NINE Stone Age Stress and Coping
CHAPTER TEN An Alternate Revolution
EPILOGUE Doing Physiology

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About the author (1999)

Eric Widmaier is the author of The Stuff of Life and Associate Professor of Biology at Boston University. He has written numerous articles for scientific and nonscientific publications.

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