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June 1927

Comparative Psychology and Hygiene of the Overweight Child.

Arch NeurPsych. 1927;17(6):867-868. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02200360147014

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Abstract

In the introductory chapter, the author discusses the function of fat and the types and causes of obesity. There is also an abbreviated discussion of gland therapy. The purpose of the work is to make a comparative study of three weight groups of children to determine certain points concerning the physical, mental, emotional, educational and social make-up of overweight children. Children at 11 years of age were selected, and the three groups were composed of: (1) Children weighing 15 per cent or more over normal for the height and age; (2) those between 5 per cent more and 5 per cent less than the norm for the age and height; (3) those weighing less than 8 per cent under normal. There were 100 children in each group, half of whom were male and half female.

A summary of the author's observations is as follows: (1) There was an excess of

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