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Author Shephard, Roy J.

Title The health consequences of "modernization" : evidence from circumpolar peoples / Roy J. Shephard, Andris Rode
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996


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 W'PONDS  306.4610911 She/Hco  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge studies in biological anthropology ; [17]
Cambridge studies in biological anthropology ; 17
Contents 1. The circumpolar habitat and its peoples: traditional lifestyle and early research findings -- 2. Concepts of the International Biological Programme Human Adaptability Project, and IBP studies of circumpolar populations -- 3. Changes in social structure and behaviour -- 4. Secular trends in diet, metabolism and body composition -- 5. Secular trends in physical fitness and cold tolerance -- 6. Secular trends in respiratory hazards, lung function and respiratory disease -- 7. Secular trends in growth and development -- 8. Current health status of circumpolar populations -- 9. Postscript: lessons from traditional circumpolar life and options for the future
Summary What are the health consequences of a transition from an active 'hunter-gatherer' lifestyle to that of sedentary modern living? In this book, the impact of 'modernization' is assessed in various populations in the circumpolar regions. The hazards of living in polar regions, and the adaptations shown culturally, behaviourally and physically by the indigenous peoples are examined and the effect of changes in habitual activity, diet, and general lifestyle due to more urban living patterns on the body composition, pulmonary function and susceptibility to disease is discussed. The implications of this switch are important not only for all those concerned about the survival of indigenous communities around the world, but for all of us living increasingly sedentary, urban lives. Anthropologists, physiologists and those interested in population fitness will find this a comprehensive and valuable volume
Analysis Arctic
Humans Physiology Effects of Environment
Humans Physiology Effects of Environment
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-301) and index
Notes Online version of the print title
Mode of access: World Wide Web
System requirements: Internet connectivity, World Wide Web browser, and Adobe Acrobat reader
Subject Arctic peoples -- Anthropometry.
Arctic peoples -- Health and hygiene.
Arctic peoples -- Social conditions.
Human biology -- Arctic regions.
Human physiology -- Arctic regions.
Physical anthropology -- Arctic regions.
Arctic regions -- Social conditions.
Author Rode, A. (Andris), 1940-
LC no. 95009112
ISBN 0521474019 (hc)