Explaining obesity: Diet, lifestyle or genes?

| August 6, 2012
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Modern lifestyles are quite different from those of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. That seems obvious. People looking to apply blame for the obesity rise focus on their own agendas, be it lobbying against GMOs, high fructose corn syrup or video games. Or contend it is because we don’t spend our days picking berries.

But what does science say?  There’s no way to know but anthropologists are at least taking a shot at it. A new analysis, of modern hunter-gatherers anyway, found that there is no difference between their energy expenditure and Westerners, casting doubt on ‘we don spend all day picking berries’ hypothesis for obesity.

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