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December 18, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(25):2052-2053. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680250010004

During the last three or four years, various investigators have called attention to the fact that the basal metabolism standards, as based on the Harris and Benedict, and the Aub and Du Bois prediction tables, cannot be used everywhere without certain modifications and corrections. In a report of some work done on Chinese students four years ago, Earle 1 states that the metabolic rate of the Chinese was set at a lower level than that of western subjects. Yano 2 states that low metabolism is probably a characteristic of the Japanese race, and Takahira 3 also reports an average metabolic rate of Japanese somewhat lower than that expected according to the American prediction tables.

In two recent papers, MacLeod, Crofts and Benedict 4 have brought up the question of the racial factor as playing a rôle in metabolic rate. These investigators performed experiments on nine young Chinese and Japanese women