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September 1924

STUDIES ON THE METABOLISM OF OBESITYII. BASAL METABOLISM

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO; EAST LANSING, MICH.

From the Otto Baer Fund for Clinical Research, and the Gusta Morris Rothschild Fund of the Michael Reese Hospital and the Nelson Morris Institute for Medical Research.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1924;34(3):275-281. doi:10.1001/archinte.1924.00120030010002
Abstract

In the first communication we showed both by quotations from the literature and by our experiments that certain obese persons maintained body weight on diets below their calculated caloric requirements.1 To explain this apparent anomalous balance between caloric intake and energy expense, we made an intensive study of the specific dynamic action of foods in persons of widely varying body build. The results of this study will be published shortly. A rather large and interesting series of basal metabolism readings were accumulated during this research, and since the subject of the basal metabolism in obesity cannot be considered closed we present in this paper our data on the basal metabolism in obesity.

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE  Before the development of modern methods of studying gaseous exchange and the accumulation of more accurate standards of comparison, the literature on the metabolism of obesity contains much conjecture and a few isolated studies.

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