The Maasai, a semi-nomadic group of people inhabiting central and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, are both fascinating and impressive. They are among the tallest people on Earth, wear remarkable clothing, and are highly skilled jumpers. Moreover, they are lean and healthy, despite the fact that they consume a very unorthodox, fatty diet.
The western diet and lifestyle and diseases of civilization
This research paper is arguably one of the greatest – if not the greatest – scientific papers on health & nutrition that has ever been published. The authors, who are all leading figures in the scientific section of the evolutionary health movement, look into and explain, from an evolutionary point of view, why so many modern humans are in poor health, as well as what it would take to combat the diseases of civilization. The paper is a must-read for anyone who’s interested in health, medicine, and nutrition.
The late Staffan Lindeberg (MD, PhD) was instrumental in spearheading the research on evolutionary health and nutrition. He’s probably best known for having conducted the Kitava study – a thorough examination of the lifestyle and health status of a group of traditional people living on the Island of Kitava in Papua New Guinea. As a professor and researcher at Lund University, he also initiated and led the Swedes efforts into elucidating the viability and therapeutic potential of Paleolithic-type diets.
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