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May 6, 1961

FORMULA DIETS AND WEIGHT CONTROL

JAMA. 1961;176(5):442. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040180044014

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Abstract

Surely no one would suggest that anyone has a monopoly on weight-reduction formula diets. At the last count there were 60 to 80 types of 850-, 900-, and 1,100-calorie "complete" formula diets on the market. In turn, these are marketed by hundreds of dairy, food, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. When an industry of such proportions can be developed in one year's time, it clearly demonstrates that the public is frantically looking for an easy obesity cure and that commerce knows a good thing when it sees it. The question remains, however, is it a good thing or will it be abused to the extent that the golden bubble bursts as a fad? The Council on Foods and Nutrition has examined the formulas and has come up with some considerations that warrant examination by the physician who wonders about his patients' use of formula diets or who contemplates trying the formula on

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