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December 14, 1918


JAMA. 1918;71(24):1998-1999. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600500048009

During the war the reminder to "save fats" confronted the American citizen many times a day in the form of public announcements through placards, billboards and popular literature, so that it naturally became a part of his war-time creed. One reason for heeding the admonition was furnished by the experience of persons who had been in Europe since the beginning of the war. Many of them were obliged to live on a scanty allowance of fats, and they have reported how disagreeable the deprivation had become. If we may believe the conclusions of extremely careful observers, the lack of fat was perhaps the cause of much of the dietary discomfort in Germany and the element that made the German most dissatisfied with his rations. Indeed, we are told that even when the diet was sufficient, it was not satisfactory if very low in fat.

The apparent reasons for this need