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The Evolutionary Determinants of Health Programme: urban living in the 21st century from a human evolutionary perspective

Milne, G; (2015) The Evolutionary Determinants of Health Programme: urban living in the 21st century from a human evolutionary perspective. Archaeology International , 18 pp. 84-96. 10.5334/ai.1809. Green open access

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Abstract

There is a mismatch between our palaeolithic genome and the urbanised Anthropocene world we now inhabit. One consequence is the alarming global rise in ‘Western Life-style’ diseases and conditions such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It is suggested here that a better understanding of the ‘Evolutionary Determinants of Health and Urban Wellbeing’ might materially improve matters. Such an approach concerns ancestral diets, life-style embedded activity regimes, evolutionary-concordant building designs and town plans incorporating urban green space and cleaner air.

Type: Article
Title: The Evolutionary Determinants of Health Programme: urban living in the 21st century from a human evolutionary perspective
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/ai.1809
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ai.1809
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence 3.0 (unless stated otherwise) which permits unrestricted reuse, and reproduction in any medium, provided the orignal work is properly cited. Copyright is retained by the author(s).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1492663
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