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February 2, 1957


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JAMA. 1957;163(5):384-385. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970400056024

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To the Editor:—  In an article entitled "A Simple Aid in Calculation of Diets" (J. A. M. A.162:1233 [Nov. 24] 1956) Ralph J. Slonim Jr. states as follows: "In the construction of diets for alteration of the body weight of adults, certain assumptions have long been employed.... A person who is mainly sedentary requires a daily dietary allowance of 35 calories per kilogram of body weight.... If a person eats more than 35 calories per kilogram of his ideal weight per day, he will gain weight at the rate of 1 gm. of fat plus 1 gm. of water for each 9 calories in excess. If he eats less than the ideal amount, he will lose correspondingly. These assumptions, admittedly only approximately correct, may be used for calculating weight-changing diets, as in this example. An office worker who is 5 ft. 6 in. (167.6 cm.) tall wishes to

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