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An Overview of The Changing Body: Health, Nutrition, and Human Development in the Western World Since 1700


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  • Robert W. Fogel
  • Nathaniel Grotte


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.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16938.

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Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16938

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  1. Eric Schneider, 2012. "Real Wages and the Family: Adjusting Real Wages to Changing Demography in Pre-Modern England," Oxford University Economic and Social History Series, Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford _099, Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
  2. Scott A. Carson, 2014. "Nineteenth Century White Physical Activity and Calories: Socioeconomic Status and Diets," CESifo Working Paper Series, CESifo Group Munich 4886, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Curtis Simon & Robert Tamura, 2010. "Secular Fertility Declines, Baby Booms and Economic Growth: International Evidence," 2010 Meeting Papers, Society for Economic Dynamics 1041, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  4. Scott A. Carson, 2014. "Nineteenth Century Black and Mulatto Physical Activity, Calories, and Life Expectancy," CESifo Working Paper Series, CESifo Group Munich 4899, CESifo Group Munich.


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