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    Evolving Human Nutrition: Implications for Public Health (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropolog) (Paperback) By (author) Stanley J. Ulijaszek, By (author) Neil Mann, By (author) Sarah Elton

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    DescriptionWhile most of us live our lives according to the working week, we did not evolve to be bound by industrial schedules, nor did the food we eat. Despite this, we eat the products of industrialization and often suffer as a consequence. This book considers aspects of changing human nutrition from evolutionary and social perspectives. It considers what a 'natural' human diet might be, how it has been shaped across evolutionary time and how we have adapted to changing food availability. The transition from hunter-gatherer and the rise of agriculture through to the industrialisation and globalisation of diet are explored. Far from being adapted to a 'Stone Age' diet, humans can consume a vast range of foodstuffs. However, being able to eat anything does not mean that we should eat everything, and therefore engagement with the evolutionary underpinnings of diet and factors influencing it are key to better public health practice.


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    Title
    Evolving Human Nutrition
    Subtitle
    Implications for Public Health
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stanley J. Ulijaszek, By (author) Neil Mann, By (author) Sarah Elton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 414
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 550 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781107692664
    ISBN 10: 1107692660
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: PSAJ
    LC classification: QL
    BIC subject category V2: JHMP, PSX, MBNH
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BIC subject category V2: MBNH3
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27530
    Abridged Dewey: 599
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 599.938
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002020
    BIC subject category V2: PSXM
    DC23: 306.4613
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    66 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    05 December 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Stanley Ulijaszek is Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Oxford and Director of the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity. His work on nutritional ecology and anthropology has involved fieldwork and research in Papua New Guinea, the Cook Islands and South Asia, while his interests in dietary transitions have led him to examine the evolutionary basis of obesity. Neil Mann is Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry and head of the Food Science department at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He has worked extensively on the nutritional biochemistry of fatty acids and has led several nutritional clinical trials investigating the role of altered macronutrient dietary balance on diseases related to western lifestyle, including acne and diabetes. Sarah Elton is Reader in Anatomy at the Hull York Medical School. She works on the ecological context for human evolution, with a focus on primate morphology, biogeography, ecology and evolution. Alongside her research into primates, she has written on evolutionary approaches to human diet, reproduction and medical education.
    Review quote
    'Spanning the diverse fields of nutrition ecology, anthropology, biochemistry, and physiology, this three-part, well-written examination of the public health implications of the rapidly changing human diet is filled with carefully documented arguments that invite critical thought. Recommended.' A. P. Boyar, Choice '... this book brings together a wide range of issues and highlights how contemporary human nutrition is embedded in the contexts of our primate heritage, our hominin ancestry, and our inter-twined histories and modes of social organization. In this way, the book is successful in its aim of going beyond the conventional assumption that modern diets can damage health because our biology remains adapted to a somewhat nebulous 'paleo-diet'.' Jonathan Wells, American Journal of Human Biology 'This is an extremely eclectic book that covers the evolutionary background, medical effects, and sociopolitical context of our food.' Grant A. Rutledge and Michael R. Rose, The Quarterly Review of Biology
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; Part I. The Animal Within: 2. Locating human diet in a mammalian framework; 3. Diet and hominin evolution; 4. Seasonality of environment and diet; 5. Evolution of human diet and eating behaviour; Part II. A Brave New World: 6. When our brains left our bodies behind: dietary change and health discordance; 7. Nutrition and infectious disease, past and present; 8. Inequality and nutritional health; Part III. Once upon a Time in the West: 9. Nutrition transition; 10. Fats in the global balance; 11. Feed the world with carbohydrates; 12. Post-script; Index.