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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #502
CE Offered: BACB
What to Eat, When to Move: Lessons from Hunter-Gatherers
Monday, May 30, 2022
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 151A/B
Area: SCI; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Jeanne M. Donaldson (Louisiana State University)
CE Instructor: Jeanne M. Donaldson, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: HERMAN PONTZER (Duke University)

How many calories do you really burn each day? How does exercise affect yourmetabolism,and does aslowmetabolism mean you'll struggle withyour weight? What is the “natural” human diet? In this talk, we’ll discuss the surprising new research investigating our metabolism – the way we burn energy. Dr. Pontzer will discuss his work with hunter-gatherers, with our great ape cousins, and with populations around the globe, exploring the way our bodies use energy, and how our evolutionary past shapes our lives and our health today.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students 

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the impact of exercise on daily energy expenditure; (2) describe the relationship between body size and daily energy requirements; (3) identify key characteristics of hunter-gatherer diet and daily physical activity; (4) understand how activity and diet contribute to weight and obesity.
HERMAN PONTZER (Duke University)
Herman Pontzer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Research Associate Professor of Global Health at Duke University, investigates how our species’ evolutionary past shapes our lives today. His team conducted the first measurements of daily energy expenditure in traditional hunter-gatherers and in non-human apes, with findings that have challenged the way we think about diet, exercise, metabolism, and health. Dr. Pontzer’s new book, Burn, published in March, 2021.



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