“Most people are simply not designed to eat pasta”: 1 evolutionary explanations for obesity in the low-carbohydrate diet movement

  title={“Most people are simply not designed to eat pasta”: 1 evolutionary explanations for obesity in the low-carbohydrate diet movement},
  author={Christine Knight},
  journal={Public Understanding of Science},
  pages={706 - 719}
  • Christine Knight
  • Published 10 February 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Public Understanding of Science
Low-carbohydrate diets, notably the Atkins Diet, were particularly popular in Britain and North America in the late 1990s and early 2000s. On the basis of a discourse analysis of bestselling low-carbohydrate diet books, I examine and critique genetic and evolutionary explanations for obesity and diabetes as they feature in the low-carbohydrate literature. Low-carbohydrate diet books present two distinct neo-Darwinian explanations of health and body-weight. First, evolutionary nutrition is based… 
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