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June 18, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(25):2221-2222. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730510047018

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A Criticism of Diet  A committee of authorities on diet, consisting of Sir F. Gowland Hopkins, Prof. E. P. Cathcart, Prof. Edward Mellanby and Prof. V. H. Mottram, appointed to advise the minister of health on the practical application of modern advances in the knowledge of nutrition, has submitted a memorandum on the criticism and improvement of diets. The committee considers that the needs of the adult man are 3,000 calories a day and of the adult woman, 2,500. For children under the age of 1 year the daily need is 600 calories; from 1 to 2 years, 900; 2 to 3 years, 1,200; 3 to 6 years, 1,500; 6 to 8 years, 1,800; 8 to 10 years, 2,100; 10 to 12 years, 2,400; girls 14 years or over, 2,500; boys 14 years or over, 3,000. In temperate climates the range for protein is from 10 to 15 per cent

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