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August 19, 1939

It's More Fun to Be Thin

JAMA. 1939;113(8):711. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800330077044

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This book is a badly overdone attempt to sugarcoat education about reducing. It consists mostly of forced humor with a small amount of information. Of 182 pages, only seven are devoted to an actual week's reducing diet, and there are a few scattered menus in other parts of the book. The diet recommended is deficient in protein, deficient in carbohydrate and almost totally lacking in dairy products, with the exception of a small allowance of butter. In the entire collection of sample menus for a week, milk is not advised. Great emphasis is placed on using rye bread instead of white, when the most elementary knowledge of caloric values should have taught the author that rye bread has practically the same caloric value as white. In the presence of many better books and pamphlets, this one can hardly be recommended.

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