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August 10, 1929

UNDERWEIGHT AND OVERWEIGHT IN RELATION TO VITALITY

JAMA. 1929;93(6):457. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.27110060002010b
Abstract

The results of the medico-actuarial studies of 19121 were so significant in their bearing on the effects of overweight in adult life that there has been a tendency to overlook the corresponding material which bears on the problem of underweight in the years at the close of the period of growth. We are presenting here in the accompanying chart the entire series from the ages of 20-24 to 60-62. Unfortunately, data are not at hand to extend the series down through the years of adolescence for males, but there is no reason to think that figures for this earlier period would fail to justify clinical experience, which shows even greater disadvantage in underweight from adolescents than for those in the early twenties. Moreover, there are no figures of significance showing mortality rates for females at any age, but there is little reason to believe that the mortality of women

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