Western diseases and their emergence related to diet

S Afr Med J. 1982 Jun 26;61(26):1013-5.


Many of the commonest diseases in the economically more developed communities are characteristic of modern Western culture. Evidence is presented suggesting that they represent a failure of adaptation to the dramatic changes in diet that have been associated with the emergence of modern Western culture. Dietary changes aimed at the alleviation and prevention of these diseases are discussed and recommended.

MeSH terms

  • Civilization
  • Communicable Diseases / epidemiology
  • Diet* / adverse effects
  • Dietary Fiber* / adverse effects
  • Dietary Fiber* / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Diseases / etiology*
  • Intestinal Mucosa / metabolism