The New Science of Human Metabolism
Why is exercise so essential for health but so lousy for battling obesity? We’ll visit hunter-gatherer camps on the savannas of northern Tanzania, see our great ape cousins in rainforests around the globe, and dig into the fossil record to explore the new and surprising discoveries in the science of energy expenditure. We’ll discuss how evolution has shaped humans into the fittest, friendliest, and fattest apes on the planet — and what an evolutionary perspective tells us about staying healthy with diet and exercise.
About our speaker
Dr. Herman Pontzer, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, investigates energy expenditure and evolution in humans and other apes. Through laboratory and field studies, Dr. Pontzer’s work seeks to understand how our bodies evolved and how our deep past shapes our lives today. He is currently leading a multi-year effort to measure daily energy expenditure in non-Western human populations around the globe to understand how daily energy requirements vary with lifestyle, and how an evolutionary perspective helps keep us healthy in a modern world.