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Waistland: A (R)evolutionary View of Our Weight and Fitness Crisis

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In the modern jungle of burgers, couches, and remote controls, obesity is an enormous and growing epidemic. Weight-loss books and diet gurus urge us to "listen to our bodies," but our instincts are designed for the African savannah, not food courts. The sugary and fatty foods that we, as hunter-gatherers, are programmed to forage used to be hard to come by. Now they're as ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton Company
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Farhana Faruq
Mar 23, 2014 Farhana Faruq rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health-fitness
Very interesting read...lots of information in one book.

Some of the things covered:
- Effects of television (and advertising) - on both adults and children
- Keeps referring back to the period of hunters-gathers, and how they lived
- Main topic seemed to be 'supernormal stimuli', what it is, how it works, and its effects
- Body Max Index (BMI) - its history, etc., and how measurements have changed over time
- Government - how health/food is run, what changes need to be implemented

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Jan 20, 2008 nina rated it really liked it
This book reviews the evolutionary explanation for our modern behaviors and misbehaviors when it comes to food and fitness. Author Barrett lays out clear and well-articulated scientific evidence for her arguments.

I was apprehensive that this book, written by a noted hypnotherapist, would be a "how to" book or too off-the-wall, but I found myself in agreement with about 80% of the book. I love the examples and analogies she uses, such as Tinbergen's supernormal stimuli and how the sedentary adul
Dec 13, 2008 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Best "diet" type book I've ever read. Very insightful and motivating. Highly recommend to anyone, even if you don't need to watch your weight. Lots of info about the USDA, Food and Drug Administration and farm subsidies that most people probably do not know about. Very informative but also an easy read and well written.
Jul 27, 2008 Dasha rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dasha by: Brooklyn Public Library
This was an interesting approach to the problem of obesity in America. Though most of the facts and statistics are well known or at least not surprising, they are explained through the lens of evolutionary science. An interesting, easy read.
May 18, 2010 Edmund rated it liked it
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It's no Michael Pollan or Marion Nestle, but I did highlight the hell out of it. There were several healthy morsels on how our weight and fitness crisis has emerged and ways to overcome it.
Jul 26, 2008 Christy rated it it was ok
If you've read one "revolutionary" weight-loss/fitness book, you've read them all. This one prescribes a life style that's just too rigid for my tastes.
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Apr 04, 2014 Amy Weiser rated it it was amazing
Excellent analysis of the overweight and obesity problem many people now face. This book really lays out a lot of facts that are sometimes surprising, as they are misconstrued in modern society.
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Deirdre Barrett is an author and psychologist who teaches at Harvard Medical School. She is known for her research on dreams, hypnosis and imagery and has written on evolutionary psychology. Barrett is a Past President of The International Association for the Study of Dreams and of the American Psychological Association’s Div. 30, The Society for Psychological Hypnosis.
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