The Significance of Regular Meals
In the early Neolithic times another change took place which may well account for the fact that today nearly all
inherited dispositions sooner or later develop into manifest obesity. This change was the institution of regular meals.
In pre-Neolithic times, man ate only when he was hungry and on1y as much as he required too still the pangs of
hunger. Moreover, much of his food was raw and all of it was unrefined. He roasted his meat, but he did not boil it,
as he had no pots, and what little he may have grubbed from the Earth and picked from the trees, he ate as he went
The whole structure of man’s omnivorous digestive tract is, like that of an ape, rat or pig, adjusted to the continual
nibbling of tidbits. It is not suited to occasional gorging as is, for instance, the intestine of the carnivorous cat
family. Thus the institution of regular meals, particularly of food rendered rapidly, placed a great burden on modern
man’s ability to cope with large quantities of food suddenly pouring into his system from the intestinal tract.
The institution of regular meals meant that man had to eat more than his body required at the moment of eating so as
to tide him over until the next meal. Food rendered easily digestible suddenly flooded his body with nourishment of
which he was in no need at the moment. Somehow, somewhere this surplus had to be stored.