National Geographic : 1953 Mar
The story of two fat men... One acted unwisely . . . he always One reduced sensibly ... he con ate too much; he tried to lose weight quickly suited his doctor, and followed a properly bal through strenuous exercise, self-prescribed anced diet to bring his weight down gradually, drugs, and other short-cuts to weight reduction, and keep it at a desirable level. OVERWEIGHT is our country's Number One health problem today. In fact, it is estimated that there are about 25 million Americans who are burdened by excess pounds. Medical authorities stress the health hazards of overweight more than ever before. The reason for this is simple: Continuingstudies show that overweightpeople do not live, on the average, as long as those who keep their weight at a desirable level. This is because ex cessive fat tends to increase a person's chances of possibly developing one or more diseases of the heart and blood vessels, diabetes, liver and gall bladder disease and other disorders. Overweight may reduce physical efficiency and often is a serious handicap in the event an operation is needed, or an acute illness occurs. In addition, overweight is apt to place an unnecessary strain on many vital organs, especially the heart. So, it is im portant to watch your weight and start reducing as soon as any unwelcome pounds appear. Safe and sensible weight reduction should always begin with a visit to your doctor. He will examine you and suggest what weight is best for you. His decision will be based, in part, on your height and age, as well as your bone structure and the kind of life you lead. Nearly all cases of overweight are due to eating too much. There are various reasons for excessive eating-emotional difficulties, for example. What ever the cause, the doctor can usually help you to develop a sound weight reduction program. This will usually include a properly balanced diet; one which will bring about the desired reduction slowly, usually at the rate of about two pounds a week, and also supply the body with the necessary protective food elements. With the doctor's advice and a firm resolution to cooperate wholeheartedly, an overweight person can usually attain the desired weight-at which he will look, feel, and act best. -- Tya;)J'\"" Ld;~s Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. 1 Madison Ave., New York 10, N.Y . Please mail me a free copy of your booklet, 353N, "Over weight." Name tree City State .