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December 25, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;109(26):2149-2154. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780520039016

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Nov. 27, 1937.

What Is Wrong with the British Diet?  A former chief medical officer of the Ministry of Health, Sir George Newman, said that the British people were better fed than at any period of their history. That appears to be true; but, in the crusade now going on to improve the health of the people, attention is concentrated on exercise and nutrition, and alleged malnutrition has been used as a political weapon in attacking the government. No doubt there is room for improvement, but whatever defects exist in the British diet are due more to unwise spending than to want of means. In an article in the Times, the dietitian Sir Edward Mellanby says that we are at the beginning of a great movement to prevent ill health and disease. In the British diet the bulk of the foods—cereals, pork, poultry, white fish,

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