Staffan Lindeberg (1950 - 2016)

The team at Fitness Verve are pleased to be able to bring you the extensive work of Dr. Staffan Lindeberg – a professor, researcher and practicing doctor from Sweden, who was best known for his work on the Kitava Study.

Carried out in the early 1990s, this groundbreaking study analysed the health and diet of inhabitants of Kitava Island, Papua New Guinea – one of the few remaining populations that consumed a non-westernized diet.

In other words, an evolution-based Palaeolithic diet. This included an abundance of root vegetables, fruits, fish and coconuts.

Dr. Lindeberg noticed that, among the hunter-gatherers, there was an absence of common western diseases – including diabetes, osteoporosis, strokes and cardiovascular disease. This was even the case among the elderly portion of the tribe. He concluded that this lack of disease was a result of the tribe eating a Palaeolithic diet – almost entirely free from dairy products, sugar, cereals and alcohol.

This famous research helped the popular Paleo diet gain momentum as it was revived in the late 20th Century. It built upon earlier work in this area, such as the 1975 book, The Stone Age Diet, by gastroenterologist Dr. Walter L Voegtlin, and helped paved the way for modern publications such as The Paleo Diet (2002) by Dr. Loren Cordain.

Sadly, Dr. Staffan Lindeberg passed away in 2016 at the age of 66.

For the last few years his research has been inaccessible, although Fitness Verve is proud to be able to share this valuable work with you once again, preserving it for future generations. What you find here is a recreated version of his website – word by word, with no additional editorial work from us.

If you are intrigued to hear Dr. Lindeberg talking about this topic in person, you can watch him speak at a seminar at the Royal Society of Medicine in 2015, the year before he died.