Sedentary Living Wrongfully Blamed for You Becoming Overweight
Posted Nov 27 2012 5:00am
Right on the subject of our
awful sedentary living style and how bad it is for you compared to the much
more active lifestyle of our hunter-gatherer forebears, six researchers, four
anthropologists, a primatologist, and an archaeologist from different
universities and research centers in the United States funded by the National
Science Foundation, studied the energy expenditure in a modern day
hunter-gatherer group of people, the Hazda, who live in Northern Tanzania, and
compared their energy expenditure with that of Westerners living in the United
States and the United Kingdom.
Overall physical activity level was
greater among the Hazda than among the Westerners. But there was no difference
in average daily energy expenditure (calories-out), a finding that challenges
energy expenditure and sedentary lifestyles as causes for overweight and
obesity in Western countries.
It is, therefore, a better
bet to say the obesity epidemic in Western civilization is being caused by
eating too much food and eating fattening foods rather than by a sedentary
lifestyle. It was not only this one study that found our total energy
expenditure not the guilty culprit, the “Hunter Energetics and Human Obesity”
research cited other research that came to the same conclusion.