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Areas of interest
Human evolution; nutrition; cross-cultural analysis; eating behaviour; obesity; chronic conditions; evolutionary medicine; applied evolutionary anthropology.
I am interested in evolutionary medicine and what might be called ‘applied evolutionary anthropology’. Currently, I am interested in using evolutionary and anthropological approaches to shed light on the variation in diet, eating behaviour, and body fatness among human societies. Through this research I hope to contribute to public policy concerning population health, with particular emphasis on reducing rates of obesity and the negative health outcomes it causes.
For my MA thesis project I assessed some of the key recommendations of the popular but controversial Paleo Diet. Specifically, my study investigated cross-cultural variation in the plant component of hunter-gatherer diets to assess the validity of the Paleo Diet’s macronutrient recommendations. I found that the Paleo Diet’s macronutrient recommendations are dependent on the plant component of hunter-gatherer diets. This suggests that the Paleo Diet’s recommendations do not accurately reflect the macronutrient component of hunter-gatherer diets and should not be used as such.
For my PhD research, which I have just started planning, I am intending to investigate cross-cultural and historical variation in body weight/BMI/body fatness and how it relates to variation in ecological conditions and eating behaviour.