What are some of the biological consequences of our modern lifestyles for our (future) children? Think about and discuss possible epigenetics effects!
Extra Credit Discussion prompt: You Are What You Eat
Ancient humans lived a very active lifestyle on a diet high in fiber and complex carbohydrates and low in saturated fat, sugar, and salt. Many modern human diets appear to be pretty much the opposite. How many different types of unprocessed foods do you eat, compared with processed foods? Can you pronounce all of the ingredients found in your prepared foods? Is our average modern diet nutritionally sufficient for optimal good health for our “ancient” bodies?
Modern lifestyles are considerably more comfortable than those of our ancient ancestors. We do little physical activity on a regular basis compared to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Be honest how much exercise do you get on a weekly basis, compared to early humans? How far away do you park when you go shopping? How far would you be willing to walk (or run) every day to get to wherever you needed to go? Briefly compare how we use our bodies today with the lifestyles for which they evolved.
This part is important: What are some of the biological consequences of our modern lifestyles for our (future) children? Think about and discuss possible epigenetics effects!