Early hunters and gatherers lived off very limited food supply, and survival required constant physical activity. They stored fat through the lean times which has historically benefitted us. Unfortunately, our ability to store fat and our genetically programmed preferences for sweet, fatty, energy dense foods have combined with an environment of abundant calories, ready-made convenience foods, and technology that eliminates the need and desire to be physically active.
This perfect storm created the Obesity Epidemic which has doubled global obesity rates since the 1970’s and caused 2/3 of the US to be overweight or obese. This rise in obesity rates has dramatically impacted our health and well-being, and is considered to be one of our greatest medical, financial, and social challenges for the future. Come find out more about the causes, health effects, and potential solutions for this growing problem.
Presenter: Darin Smith (Physical Education)
Location: Building 3, Room 102
Note: Students wishing to register for Science Seminar may take it for credit as Ge Sc 190/1 (items 6080 and 6082 respectively).