Despite the many statements in the literature regarding the importance of fat in the diet, there are few actual records of the fat metabolism of adolescent girls. Maignon and Chahine1 stated their belief that fat in the diet has a definite function in protein metabolism, while Orgler2 stated that lack of fat in the diet predisposes to edema and increases susceptibility to infection. Holt and Fales,3 in their excellent article on the food requirements of children, reported the fat intake of one hundred and six children between the ages of 1 and 18 years, but only four were girls between the ages of 12 and 15 years. This was merely a dietary study with no analysis of excreta. These authors and others4 have reported a number of investigations relating to fat metabo
(Footnote continued on next page) lism, but their studies included only infants and children
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