Waistland

Waistland: The R / evolutionary Behind Our Weight and Fitness Crisis is a book by Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett published by WW Norton & Company in 2007. The book examines the obesity and fitness crisis from an evolutionary standpoint. Barrett argues that our bodies, our metabolisms, and our feeding instincts were designed during the evolutionary hunter-gatherer phase. We are programmed to drill for sugar and saturated fats because they have been found in fruit and game. Now, these same foods are everywhere-in vending machines, fast food joints, restaurants, grocery stores, and cafeterias-they’re nearly impossible to avoid. This article describes the subject of “supernormal stimuli” -the concept of artificial creations that appeal to our instincts than the natural objects they mimic-supernormal stimuli for appetite to the obesity epidemic. The book opens with a thumbnail about how zoos post signs saying “Do not Feed the Animals.” People respect these orders, allowing veterinarians to prescribe just the right balanced diet for the lions, koalas, and snakes. Meanwhile, everyone stops for chips, sodas, and hot dogs on the way out of the zoo. The book explores solutions from behavior to change diet and exercise habits. One of the main messages of the book is that big changes in diet, that the addictive nature of junk food means that, after a few days,

“An elegantly written and eye-opening analysis of what makes us fat.” – Steven Pinker “Harvard Psychologist Dr. Deirdre Barrett says,” As we are genetically almost identical to our Stone Age ancestors. We are programmed to seek out fat, sugar, starch and salt, because, in Stone Age, these things were hard to come When they turn up in abundance, our bodies, for the most part, can not say no … to put it simply, human beings are evolving much more slowly than the food we eat. We think it’s what we need, but it’s just what we want. What can we do? Eat sensibly and exercise, of course. One thing we have to do, though, is because of it, it’s a bad thing, it’s a clear, well-written and thoughtful guide to the fat crisis. . ” – The Telegraph (UK) “In a new book, Waistland, Deirdre Barrett points out that KFC or McDonald’s would be happy, and sugar, and salt-cravings That’s all we have in the world, and we would be in great shape, she argues, if we could just replicate the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. ” – Talk of the Nation: NPR – because it is so bad, it is bad for it. . . This is a clear, well-written and thoughtful guide to the fat crisis. “- The Telegraph (UK)” In a new book, Waistland, Deirdre Barrett points out that KFC or McDonald’s would be happy to sell us tofu burgers and carrot strips , but our inner hunter-gatherer wants fat, and sugar, and salt – cravings that made sense for almost all of human existence, just accepting those past few thousand years. And we would be in great shape, she argues, if we could just replicate the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. “- Talk of the Nation: NPR – because it is so bad, it is bad for it. . . This is a clear, well-written and thoughtful guide to the fat crisis. “- The Telegraph (UK)” In a new book, Waistland, Deirdre Barrett points out that KFC or McDonald’s would be happy to sell us tofu burgers and carrot strips , but our inner hunter-gatherer wants fat, and sugar, and salt – cravings that made sense for almost all of human existence, just accepting those past few thousand years. And we would be in great shape, she argues, if we could just replicate the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. “- Talk of the Nation: NPR We would love to eat tofu burgers and carrot strips, but our inner hunter-gatherer wants fat, and sugar, and salt – cravings that made sense for almost all of human existence, just accepting those past few thousand years. And we would be in great shape, she argues, if we could just replicate the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. “- Talk of the Nation: NPR We would love to eat tofu burgers and carrot strips, but our inner hunter-gatherer wants fat, and sugar, and salt – cravings that made sense for almost all of human existence, just accepting those past few thousand years. And we would be in great shape, she argues, if we could just replicate the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. “- Talk of the Nation: NPR

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