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Genes and culture co-evolve to determine variations in dietary habits. Our evolutionary heritage regarding food choice and food preferences is responsible for the mismatch with the food environments we have created, which leads to problems such as overweight and obesity. Several hypotheses have attempted to explain the high rate of obesity present in today's world. The thrifty genotype hypothesis suggested that obesity today is a throwback to our ancestors having undergone positive selectiondoi:10.4081/jbr.2019.7641 fatcat:2s2sjd2r2rfglcdrvoxpparkgq