National Geographic : 1934 Jan
TheMetropolitanLifelnsurance Company hasprreparedabook let called "Overweight and Underweight"which tells you what to do to overcome either condition. It shows a chartof average weights, according to age and height, and tells you how to reduce sanely and safely. It contains food tables, menus and exercises to be used in reducing. You will find this booklet a valuable help. It will be mailed without cost at your request. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY One Madison Ave., New York, N. Y. Dept. I 3 4 -N . Please send me, without cost or obligation, a copy of your booklet, "Overweight and Underweight." NAME ADDRESS Crr STATE Overweight is Dangerous (T is sometimes extremely difficult to persuade a jolly person who weighs many pounds too much-and who hon estly says "I never felt better in my life" - that excess pounds are as dangerous as some of the diseases to which he would give immediate attention, if afflicted. Consider these figures, especially if you are more than 35: People past 45 who weigh 2o% more than the average have a death rate greater by one half than the average for their age. If they have a persistent 40% overweight, the rate is almost double that of the average. As a simple cold may lead to pneumonia or to serious bronchial trouble, so excess weight may be a forerunner of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, kidney trouble, hardening of the arteries, or apoplexy. It makes recovery from surgical operations and acute diseases more difficult. In rare instances, overweight is caused by disease of the glands of internal secretion, METROPOLITAN LIFE FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT , man rMEE man rrmnmt ®m but in nearly every case it is brought on by eating too much food and exercising too little. You will not be uncomfortably hungry if you gradually change to foods which are bulkier and less fattening than the foods which have brought the dangerous extra pounds. With a corrected diet and proper exercise, it is usually possible to reduce excess weight, comfortably, about a pound a week, until a reasonable reduction has been attained. Do not attempt abrupt or too extensive reduction of weight. Beware of "reduc ing" medicines. Some of them would wreck a normal person's constitution, to say nothing of a fat person's. Before taking any drug in an attempt to reduce your weight, consult your own physician. If you weigh too much you should treat your overweight as you would a menacing disease. Give it immediate attention. Fill out and mail above coupon. INSURANCE COMPANY ~. ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. S193IM. L.I.CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."