The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

byDaniel E. Lieberman
Rating 9.5 /10 Readability
Read Time 14 hrs Readible On
Published: 2013Read: August 13, 2015Pages: 480
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by Juvoni Beckford@juvoni

The story of the human body by Lieberman, explores the transition of our lifestyle, diets and body from an evolutionary perspective. We have undergone a “cultural evolution” that has outpaced our “biological evolution”, resulting multiple “Mismatch diseases”, suffering from ailments and other conditions that were rare amount our ancestors. Mismatch diseases occur due to: Overabundance and mismanagement of energy (Eating too much), Obesity, Diabetes, Under use (Not exercising enough), Osteoporosis and Lower back pain.

Lieberman suggests solutions we can learn something from the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Many of these ideas are the core of the Paleo movement. He also states that culture created the environment for the decline in our health; we live longer but live with much more illnesses. So interventions for mismatch diseases he recommends, are public health policies that assist us in making better choices.

Motivations to Read

Numerous recommendations and Interest in history and biology.

3 Reasons to Read

  • A lucid, engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years
  • Make better dieting and lifestyle choices through the learnings of evolutionary history
  • Be better informed about your body and the adjustments of modern living
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posted February 29, 2016

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