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March 13, 1943


Author Affiliations

Technical Adviser on Nutrition in Industry, Nutrition Division, Office of Defense Health and Welfare Services WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1943;121(11):823-825. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840110025010

It is hardly necessary to recite to a group of this character the advantages which might reasonably be expected to accrue for one who is careful to maintain himself in an optimum state of nutrition. That not only the individual but the nation as a whole would derive benefit from a system which would insure each and all of us an adequate supply of foods to provide all our dietary essentials will also be accepted, I believe, without argument. Unfortunately the food situation in this country has never approached such an ideal state. Prior to the onset of the present war, many millions of American people were not eating the minimum amounts of all the essential food factors needed to keep them in good health. In part, economic factors were to blame; every dietary study or nutrition survey of population groups has clearly shown the greatest incidence of poor diets