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Why Geese Don't Get Obese (And We Do)

Why Geese Don't Get Obese (And We Do)

How Evolution's Strategies for Survival Affect Our Everyday Lives

Eric P. Widmaier

Henry Holt and Co.




What drives us to eat and accounts for different appetites? Why is breathing at high altitudes easy for birds and difficult for humans? Why do animals have two sets of sensory organs--eyes, ears, nostrils, etc...?

In Why Geese Don't Get Obese, physiologist Eric Widmaier describes the astonishing ways humans and other creatures have adapted to their environmental challenges in order to survive. Surprising examples, a sense of humor, and some insightful science make this book a delightful and lively read.


Why Geese Don't Get Obese (And We Do)

Different Species, Same Problems
Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable variations.



Praise for Why Geese Don't Get Obese (And We Do)

“Eric Widmaier demystifies the body's metabolic processes and other subjects in his lively new book of popular science.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

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About the author

Eric P. Widmaier

Eric Widmaier is the author of The Stuff of Life and Associate Professor of Biology at Boston University. He has written numerous articles for scientific and nonscientific publications.

Eric P. Widmaier