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September 18, 1948

You Can Be Thin! Slenderness Through Psychology

JAMA. 1948;138(3):252. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900030084047

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Another booklet about weight control with the usual diet lists, tables of caloric content of the common foods and, as an innovation in the popular literature of this field, with emphasis on the importance of psychological factors—such as inner conflicts and frustration—in the development of obesity. This will hardly suffice to increase the number of persons who can reduce their weight to or below normal through their own efforts, as promised in the title of this booklet. But it may be useful education for the obese subject if it helps him to understand why his physician tries to explore his personal problems as part of his examination and treatment.

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