Human Life History, and the Metabolic Syndrome

  title={Human Life History, and the Metabolic Syndrome},
  author={Christopher W Kuzawa},
Today, more than 1 billion people are overweight or obese, and the related condition of cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for more deaths than any other cause (Mackay et al., 2004). Why this epidemic of metabolic disease has emerged so rapidly in recent history is a classic problem for anthropologists concerned with the role of culture change in disease transition (Ulijaszek and Lofink, 2006). In 1962, the geneticist James Neel proposed an explanation for this phenomenon that looked for… CONTINUE READING
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