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The Health Consequences of 'Modernisation'
Evidence from Circumpolar Peoples

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521065566

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  • What are the health consequences of a transition from an active 'hunter-gatherer' lifestyle to that of sedentary modern living? In this book, the impact of 'modernization' is assessed in various populations in the circumpolar regions. The hazards of living in polar regions, and the adaptations shown culturally, behaviourally and physically by the indigenous peoples are examined and the effect of changes in habitual activity, diet, and general lifestyle due to more urban living patterns on the body composition, pulmonary function and susceptibility to disease discussed. The implications of this switch are important not only for all those concerned about the survival of indigenous communities around the world, but for all of us living in an increasingly sedentary, urban environment. Anthropologists, physiologists and those interested in population fitness will find this a comprehensive and valuable volume.

    • Comprehensive look at human biology of diverse circumpolar populations
    • Shows unique longitudinal data for one Inuit community over 20 years
    • Has implications for the survival of indigenous populations worldwide, and for all of us living in an increasingly urban world
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    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521065566
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 62 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Authors

    Roy J. Shephard, University of Toronto

    Andris Rode, Brock University, Ontario

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