An Overview of The Changing Body: Health, Nutrition, and Human Development in the Western World Since 1700
This summary of The Changing Body: Health, Nutrition, and Human Development in the Western World since 1700 (Cambridge) was prepared for presentation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health in March 2011. The book is built on the authors' work with 300 years of height and nutrition data and discusses their findings in the context of technophysio evolution, a uniquely modern form of rapid physiological development, the result of humanity's ability to control its environment and create technological innovations to adapt to it.
We are grateful to Roderick Floud, Bernard Harris, and Sok Chul Hong for their comments on drafts of this paper. This research has been funded in part by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (P01 AG010120). The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.