A disease to fight famine?
by Stephen Strauss
Saturday, January 17, 2004 – The Globe & Mail, Page F8
Feeling hungry, but aren’t tempted to eat? Want instead to start running and keep chugging as long as you can?
In humanity’s hungry past, these twinned responses might have been a vital survival instinct for someone needing the strength to flee from famine. But today the same body response might be anorexia nervosa.
This is the radical thesis that evolutionary psychologist Shan Guisinger put forward in a paper recently published in the journal Psychological Review. She describes the failures of psychological and social theories to explain the reason anorexia strikes so many more women than men — a ratio of 10 to 1 is often cited — and the condition’s strange features.
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