Chapter 1. Introduction

  1. Staffan Lindeberg MD, PhD Associate Professor

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317176.ch1

Food and Western Disease: Health and Nutrition from an Evolutionary Perspective

Food and Western Disease: Health and Nutrition from an Evolutionary Perspective

How to Cite

Lindeberg, S. (2009) Introduction, in Food and Western Disease: Health and Nutrition from an Evolutionary Perspective, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317176.ch1

Author Information

  1. Center for Primary Health Care Research, Lund University, Sankt Lars Primary Health Care Centre, 22185 Lund, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 22 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405197717

Online ISBN: 9781444317176

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Keywords:

  • evolutionary theory - within the field of medicine;
  • sympathetic nervous system activation in stressful periods and ‘fight-or-flight response’;
  • mechanistic and evolutionary causes of diseases or symptoms;
  • evolutionary medicine - viewing health and illness from evolutionary perspective;
  • diabetes - category of lack of adaptation;
  • hereditary diseases - as a result of design errors;
  • changing at pace with continental drift;
  • genetic adaptation to deadly threat in childhood;
  • Western dietary habits and insulin resistance;
  • cow's milk - optimal human food, in context of genetic adaptation

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why do we get sick?

  • We are changing at pace with the continental drift

  • Are we adapted for milk and bread?