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August 27, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(9):694-695. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690090044015

These are days of discomfiture in many respects for persons who are currently classed as overweight. They soon find that the arbiters of fashions in dress militate against their size in ways that place the obese under a variety of disadvantages in the selection of clothes. The cult of fashion scorns even small excesses of body weight without the slightest apparent justification. Accordingly, devotees of fashion resign themselves to the prevailing mode and cultivate a sylph-like figure with a devotion that not infrequently involves extreme abstemiousness in the direction of diet. Perhaps it is merely a passing fad that looks askance at even moderate plumpness. Nevertheless, abhorrence of undue fat is today a characteristic American vogue.

The discomfiture of those who are obese does not end with the seemingly trivial considerations of popular momentary sentiment that have just been mentioned. The carriers of superfluous adipose tissue are frequently reminded that