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Title The changing body : health, nutrition, and human development in the western world since 1700 / Roderick Floud ... [and others]
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011


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Description xxvi, 431 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Series NBER series on long-term factors in economic development
New approaches to economic and social history
NBER series on long-term factors in economic development.
New approaches to economic and social history.
Contents Our changing bodies: 300 years of technophysio evolution -- Investigating the interaction of biological, demographic, and economic variables from fragmentary data -- The analysis of long-term trends in nutritional status, mortality, and economic growth -- Technophysio evolution and human health in England and Wales since 1700 -- Height, health, and mortality in continental Europe, 1700-2100 -- The American experience of technophysio evolution -- Conclusion
Summary Humans have become much taller and heavier, and experience healthier and longer lives than ever before in human history. However it is only recently that historians, economists, human biologists and demographers have linked the changing size, shape and capability of the human body to economic and demographic change. This book presents an introduction to the field of anthropometric history, surveying the causes and consequences of changes in health and mortality, diet and the disease environment in Europe and the United States since 1700. It examines how we define and measure health and nutrition as well as key issues such as whether increased longevity contributes to greater productivity or, instead, imposes burdens on society through the higher costs of healthcare and pensions. The result is a book that is a contribution to economic and social history with important implications for today's developing world and the health trends of the future
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 376-422) and index
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Subject Anthropometry -- Europe.
Anthropometry -- United States.
Anthropometry -- Western countries.
Health behavior -- Europe.
Health -- History.
Human beings -- Europe -- History.
Human beings -- United States -- History.
Life expectancy.
Nutrition -- Europe -- History.
Nutrition -- United States -- History.
Nutritional anthropology.
Life Expectancy -- history.
Life Expectancy -- trends.
Mortality -- history.
Mortality -- trends.
Nutrition Surveys.
Author Floud, Roderick.
National Bureau of Economic Research.
LC no. 2011499012
ISBN 0521705614 (paperback)
9780521705615 (paperback)
Other Titles Health, nutrition, and human development in the western world since 1700