Evolutionary psychology is an important and rapidly expanding area in the life, social, and behavioral sciences, and this Handbook represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference text in the field today. Chapters in this Handbook address real-world and practical applications of evolutionary psychology such as applications to medicine, psychiatry, law, and technology. The SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology is an essential resource for researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students in all areas of psychology, and in related disciplines across the life, social, and behavioral sciences. Part 1: Applications to Health and Well-Being, Part 2: Applications to Law and Order, and Part 3: Applications to Technology, Communications, and the Future.

Evolutionary Psychology and Public Health

Evolutionary Psychology and Public Health

Evolutionary psychology and public health
Simon Russell

Introduction: Public Health and the Obesity Problem

Public health has been defined as ‘the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society’.[1] Public health is an interdisciplinary science, which aims to promote the length and quality of human life through the prevention and treatment of disease. Whether relating to physical, mental, or social health, public health seeks to translate high-quality research into preventative or curative practice. The field of public health also recognises a positive value arising from good health, which incorporates concepts of psychological and emotional well-being. While selection does not act to promote longevity, evolutionary fitness is profoundly affected ...

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