Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Fat, Fate, and Disease: Why Exercise and Diet Are Not Enough

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Fat, Fate, and Disease: Why Exercise and Diet Are Not Enough

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Fat, Fate, and Disease: Why Exercise and Diet Are Not Enough. Edited by P. Gluckman and M. Hanson. Published by Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780199644629.

In this follow up to their previous book, Mismatch: Why Our World No Longer Fits Our Bodies, biomedical scientists Peter Gluckman and Mark Hanson continue their analysis of the mismatch between evolutionary biology and modern society. The remit of this text is to challenge the ingrained dogma that exercise and diet should be the primary focus of the response to the obesity epidemic. The authors make a compelling argument that future approaches to obesity treatment should be holistic and recognise 'cultural, social, individual, community, and developmental factors' at the expense of individual accusations of gluttony and sloth.

For non-specialist readers, this book provides a comprehensible overview of the intricate scientific topics of developmental biology and epigenetics in the context of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The authors' clever use of extensive analogies from the animal kingdom helps convey how factors including maternal and paternal nutrition, foetal development and environmental conditions may contribute to the development of obesity without providing unnecessarily complex scientific details. …

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