National Geographic : 1937 May
Shorten Your Belt Lengthen Your Life "Twenty pounds-infour months-twenty pounds gone! How's that?" UP to age 30, a moderate degree of overweight helps to protect against diseases such as tuberculosis and pneumo nia. But after age 30-consult the scales and watch your belt line. In older people excess fat adds to the work of the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas. Men and women over 45 who weigh 20% more than the average have a death rate that is 50% higher than the average for their age. Long continued overweight may lead to early heart disease or apoplexy. Nearly half the people who develop dia betes are very fat before the disease appears. Too much fat usually comes from overeat ing, lack of exercise, or both. It is easier to avoid excess weight than to take it off. In most instances overweight can be controlled. Even when present for a long period of years overweight often may be reduced with safety, but each case requires individ ual treatment. No effort to bring about a marked weight reduction should be at tempted except on the advice and under the supervision of a physician. +0v 14 SMlrM it M R8M,, ' People who adopt an unbalanced "fad" diet, or treat themselves with reducing medicines, often suffer serious conse quences. Some of these medicines contain dangerous drugs; others are practically use less for weight reduction. It may also be dangerous to begin suddenly a strenuous system of exercises in an effort to reduce. Such measures may throw too great a strain on vital organs already impaired by the ex cess fat and cause a sudden breakdown. Aside from overeating, lack of exercise and hereditary factors, overweight may be caused by disease or improper secretion of certain glands. Even if caused by abnormal glandular condition, medical treatment can often effect a complete cure or relief. Do you know what you should weigh? Send for the Metropolitan's booklet "Over weight and Underweight" which tells the proper weight for your age and height. In it you will find a complete program of diet and exercise which may help you to keep your weight down, or-under your physi cian's guidance-to reduce safely. Address Booklet Department 537-N. Keep Healthy-Be Examined Regularly METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER c ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. .. LEROY A. LINCOLN Chairman of the Board Copyright. 1937. by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company President "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."