July 1966

Weight Reduction—An Enigma

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(1):1-2. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290130003001

DURING the past decade our national urge to be thin has approached crusade proportions.

In 1959 Stunkard and McLaren-Hume1 presented the results of a long-term study and reviewed the literature of the preceding 30 years concerning the treatment of obesity. These programs were consistently ineffective.

The purpose of this report is to present the results of a weight reduction program consisting of a short initial period of hospitalization followed by dieting at home.

Materials and Methods  The obese included patients 50% or more above their ideal weight2 who were seen at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals. Only those subjects discharged from the hospital for at least 12 months were included.The diets used were standard 800-1,200 calorie hospital reducing diets or a 1,320 calorie experimental diet developed at this center.3Follow-up data were obtained when subjects were hospitalized subsequently or contacted this institution for their weight

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