Why don't monkeys get fat? What nature teaches us about the science of eating

By David Raubenheimer and Stephen J. Simpson
Updated April 15 2020 - 8:19pm, first published April 13 2020 - 2:00pm
These golden snub-nosed monkeys in China need no diet books or computers to select a balanced diet, they do it instinctively, by following their appetites. Picture: David Raubenheimer

Stella lived in a community on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. She was one of 25 adults who between them had an impressive 40 children. It was a serene setting on the foothills of Table Mountain, surrounded by vineyards, pine plantations, groves of eucalyptus trees, stretches of natural fynbos vegetation, and a few suburban settlements.

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