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Nutrients 2013, 5(10), 4206-4210; doi:10.3390/nu5104206

Eating and Obesity—The New World Disorder

International Obesity Forum, 4 Moreton Place, London SW1V 2NP, UK
Received: 21 August 2013 / Revised: 17 September 2013 / Accepted: 18 September 2013 / Published: 21 October 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Eating Disorder and Obesity)
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Obesity is not a new phenomenon. Paleolithic artefacts, some almost 35,000 years old, depict obesity in its classical gynoid form, suggesting that early hunter-gathers were not entirely safeguarded by the assumed Stone Age diet [1]. Nevertheless it has been convincingly argued by Boyd Eaton and others that the 21st century epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including obesity, is attributable to mankind no longer enjoying the diet of our ancestors for which we remain genetically and metabolically programmed [2]. Even if our forebears seemed to revere obesity sufficiently to carve out stone “venuses”, it is still unclear if they were documenting a commonplace feature, although the frequency with which these venuses appear across thousands of years and even thousands of miles apart might suggest that obesity, in women at least, was not a complete rarity [3].
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