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December 12, 1953

OVERNUTRITION AND UNDERNUTRITION

JAMA. 1953;153(15):1364. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940320036012
Abstract

In spite of the vast amount of research in nutrition that has been carried on in recent years, little work has been done to determine the ideal plane of nutrition for different age and occupational groups. Slowly, however, bits of evidence are being fitted into place. McCance1 has assembled some pertinent facts that are worthy of thoughtful consideration. He points out that the drive to eat and drink are essential to survival but that the control of this drive is not easily understood or, if understood, is not easily accepted and put into practice by many persons in our present civilization. Obesity has never been a problem in wild animals in their native state or in primitive man, because food was hard to obtain and it was a long time between the more lavish feasts. With the advent of modern methods of providing food, however, a certain amount of

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