Daniel Halliday
Nov 4 ยท Last update 12 days ago.
Were human beings healthier as hunter gatherers?
90% of human history was spent living a hunter gatherer lifestyle, could this go some way to explain some modern health epidemics? Could we have been a healthier species when living as hunter gatherers?
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It is easy to romanticise
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Hunter gatherers seem to have had a healthier diet and lifestyle
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It is easy to romanticise

For some it is easy to romanticise the past, and there is no limit to this thinking, however some considerations should be made when considering the ancient past as healthier. With an agriculture lifestyle coming into play around 13,500 years ago communities were able to grow much larger and leisure time became a reality as hunger became less of an ever present issue. This change was inadvertently responsible for the birth of civilisation and the advances in medicine, technology and art that went with it. This also lead to the effective removal of man from the food chain and from the natural world, which arguably lead to as many, if not more, health benefits when compared to a hunter gatherer lifestyle.

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Hunter gatherers seem to have had a healthier diet and lifestyle

Scientific consensus holds that many health problems effecting people today are modern phenomenon, caused by diet and lifestyle. Studies carried out on the relatively few modern groups relying mainly on hunting and gathering to survive, show that issues such as heart disease, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, some cancers, and even acne and other autoimmune disorders are modern problems caused by a flawed diet and sedentary lifestyle. This has been seen multiple times as indigenous groups that have abandoned their traditional diets and lifestyles, for example the Maya of Central America had no cases of Diabetes until 1950, when they gradually took on more of a western lifestyle.

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