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Author Barrett, Deirdre.

Title Waistland : the (R)evolutionary science behind our weight and fitness crisis / Deirdre Barrett
Edition First edition
Published New York : W.W. Norton & Co., [2007]


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Description viii, 262 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents Don't feed the animals -- Which came first : the take-out fried chicken or the cholesterol-laden egg? -- Don't be too refined -- Get a move on -- Thinking outside the box -- You can't be too rich or too thin -- The bearable lightness of being : medical views on ideal weight -- Marching to a different drummer : strategies for the individual in an unhealthy society -- Changing the drumbeat : strategies for a healthy society
Summary Harvard psychologist 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.--From publisher description
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Obesity -- United States.
Food habits.
Weight loss.
Human evolution.
Physical fitness.
Food Habits.
Physical Fitness.
Weight Loss.
Biological Evolution.
Feeding Behavior.
United States.
United States.
LC no. 2007011136
ISBN 9780393062168 hardcover