National Geographic : 1926 Sep
You Should Weigh- "STEP right up! Let me guess your weight!" the barker shouts and up steps the laughing, jostling crowd eager for fun. And it seems funny-but in reality the scales are engaged in a serious business. They say to the fat, "Beware-you are in danger!" And to the thin, "Take heed-trouble ahead!" Persons past their youth who weigh 20% more than the average have a one-third greater death rate than the average. Those who are 40% overweight have a 50%greater death rate than the average. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company recognizes overweight as so serious an im pairment among its policyholders that it has issued a booklet which contains much valuable information for those who wish to avoid dangerous overweight. This booklet tells how a certain group of our own Metropolitan employees were brought T is estimated that one eighth of the people of the United States are over weight to such an extent that their health is men aced. On the other hand, in their efforts to be slim, thousands of girls and young women are definitely undermining their health. Uptotheageof30itiswellto weigh five or ten pounds more than the average for your age and height. Extra weight in youth is needed to fortify the body against tuberculosis and other infections to which young persons are particularly subject. But from 30 on, it is best to weigh less than the average, particularly as age advances. Excess weight over 30 may be a predisposing cause of heart disease, diabetes, gout, kidney trouble, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries and apoplexy. Reduce safely -do not take dangerous wr "fat reducers". Get the | advice of your physician. Begin now to work to ward your proper weight -and when you reach it, keep it. back to normal weight by simple diet and exer cise. In several cases as much as 50 pounds were eliminated-safely and comfortably. In this booklet will be found a weight table prepared according to the latest study on the subject, as well as a complete program of diet and exercises that will help you to reduce your weight if you are organically sound. A copy of "Overweight-Its Cause and Treat. ment" will be mailed free to anyone who asks for it. HALEY FISKE, President. Published by ' METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance in force, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."