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To the Editor:—
In an article entitled "Treating Overweight Patients" (J. A. M. A.165:1361-1365 [Nov. 16] 1957) Thorpe states as follows: "According to Pennington, Dr. Vilhjalmur Stefansson... observed that Eskimos were never obese when following their accustomed diet of lean and fat meat but that obesity appeared among them with great rapidity when concentrated carbohydrate foods were introduced. During calorimetric tests at the Russell Sage Institute in 1928, a man lost excess weight while eating a diet of lean and fat meat with a caloric value of 2,000 to 3,000 calories daily.... Kekwick and Pawan recently reported significant loss of weight on a calorie intake of 2,600 per day, provided this intake was given mainly in the form of fat and protein. These observations, when considered together, would support the idea that a high-fat, high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet should be beneficial, regardless of which mechanism was considered to be
Wishnofsky M. OBESITY. JAMA. 1958;166(8):964-965. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990080110025