Mismatch: Why Our World No Longer Fits Our Bodies

Mismatch: Why Our World No Longer Fits Our Bodies

by Peter Gluckman, Mark Hanson

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We have built a world that no longer fits our bodies. Our genes - selected through our evolution - and the many processes by which our development is tuned within the womb, limit our capacity to adapt to the modern urban lifestyle. There is a mismatch. We are seeing the impact of this mismatch in the explosion of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. But it also has consequences in earlier puberty and old age.Bringing together the latest scientific research in evolutionary biology, development, medicine, anthropology and ecology, Peter Gluckman and Mark Hanson, both leading medical scientists, argue that many of our problems as modern-day humans can be understood in terms of this fundamental and growing mismatch. It is an insight that we ignore at our peril.

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ISBN-13: 9780191551765
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 02/14/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 407 KB

About the Author

Peter Gluckman is University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Pediatrics and Perinatal Biology, and Director of the Liggins Institute for Medical Research and the National Center for Growth and Development, at the University of Auckland.
Mark Hanson directs the Centre for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease at the University of Southampton, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland.

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