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June 16, 1934

A MILK AND BANANA DIET FOR THE TREATMENT OF OBESITY

JAMA. 1934;102(24):2003-2005. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750240009004
Abstract

During the course of certain studies on the comparative value of various carbohydrate foods, particularly cooked and uncooked fruits and vegetables, in the diet of patients with diabetes, it was observed that a diet of bananas and milk furnished a simple and effective method for weight reduction. The regimen has since been used by a considerable number of individuals suffering from simple obesity, and it is thought desirable to detail the method and the results obtained.

For the patient who is willing to make reasonable sacrifices to reduce excessive weight, the advantages of a simple, easily measured diet are quite obvious, provided it is well balanced from a nutritional standpoint and sufficiently palatable. Weight reduction usually involves the breaking of a habit that is firmly entrenched. Such a habit some persons find may be easily broken by a gradual process of "tapering off," as is involved in the usual curtailment

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