The Health Consequences of 'Modernisation': Evidence from Circumpolar Peoples

The Health Consequences of 'Modernisation': Evidence from Circumpolar Peoples

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The Health Consequences of 'Modernisation': Evidence from Circumpolar Peoples

What are the health consequences of switching from an active 'hunter-gatherer' lifestyle to that of sedentary modern living? Here, the impact of 'modernisation' in circumpolar peoples is assessed. The hazards to humans of living in polar regions, and the effect of changes in habitual activity, diet, and general lifestyle due to more urban living patterns are investigated. This work has far-reaching implications for the survival of indigenous communities around the world, and for all of us living an increasingly sedentary, urban lifestyle.

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ISBN-13: 9780521065566
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2008
Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series , #17
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The circumpolar habitat and its peoples - traditional lifestyle and early research findings; 2. Concept of the International Biological Programme Human Adaptability Project and IBP studies of circumpolar peoples; 3. Changes in social structure and behaviour; 4. Secular trends in diet, metabolism and body composition; 5. Secular trends in physical fitness and cold tolerance; 6. Secular trends in lung function and respiratory disease; 7. Secular trends in growth and development; 8. Current health status; 9. Lessons from the Arctic; Bibliography; Index.

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