Author Affiliation: Division of Diabetes Translation (K-68), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.
In the summer of 1957, my pediatrician became so concerned about my weight that he
convinced my mother that I should begin taking pills to curb my
appetite. I was 7 years old and weighed 70 pounds with a goal of
reaching 60 pounds. I still remember how those pills made me feel; I
had no appetite and felt chronically anxious. Most remarkable to me
that summer was that my hands were always cold. I did reach my target
weight but the chronic anxiety continued and the pills were stopped. I
promptly regained all the weight that I had lost.
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