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ISBN: 9780199228386 - Mismatch
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Peter D. Gluckman

ISBN: 9780199228386
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Our modern lifestyles, city-bound with abundant nutrition - are far removed from the hunter-gatherer lifestyles of our ancestors. However we have not evolved to reflect this change. This fascinating and controversial book explores whether it is this 'mismatch' that has led to the deadly explosion in lifestyle diseases we face today.






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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