National Geographic : 1924 Aug
Beware of Fat DO you know whether you weigh too much or too little? If your weight is just right, congratulate yourself. Probably not one person in ten knows what his proper weight should be nor realizes how important it is to maintain that weight. What is the right weight? Experts who have studied the subject of weight in its relation to health tell us that the weight tables generally in use are misleading. They give only average weights, which are the composite of the good and the bad. These averages have been assumed to be the correct weights. As a matter of fact, they are not. Up totheage of3o,itis well toweighfiveorten pounds more than the average weight for your age and height. But from 30 on, the best weight is from io % to 20 % less than the average. At age o5,men and women are at their best when they weigh considerably below the average for their height. The reason is simple: The extra weight in earlier years is needed to give the body plenty of build ing material and to fortify it against tuberculosis and other infections to which young people are particularly subject. When we are older and food for growth is not needed, there is no longer any advantage in carrying the heavier burden of weight. Stop and think of the six oldest people you know. The chances are they are not fat. Life insurance statistics have proved that as a rule the fat do not live to be really old men and women. People past their youth who weigh 20% more than the average have a one-third greater death rate than the average. Those who are 40% over weight have a 50% greater death rate than the average. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company recog nizes overweight as so serious an impairment among its policyholders that it has issued a book let which contains much valuable information for those who wish to reduce their weight. This is the booklet that tells of the methods we have used in bringing a certain group of our own Metropolitan employees back to normal weight. Fat is dangerous-a definite menace to life. And this is why: People who drag masses of flesh around are putting a strain upon their vital organs. High blood pressure, trouble with heart, kidneys or lungs often follow along in the train of excessive weight. The heart has to work extra hard pumping blood to tissues that the body never was meant to have. The digestive tracthas a remorseless burden put upon it trying to dispose of needless food. An eminent specialist says that in at least 40% of the cases fat is the predisposing cause of diabetes. Remember, prevention is the better part of reducing. But if you are fat and don't want to have heart trouble or any of the diseases that fat induces-what are you to do about it? Do not take any "fat reducers" except on the advice of your physician. They are usually viciously harmful and reduce nothing but your pocketbook. Have your doctor find out whether there is anything wrong with you physically. Sometimes ( glandular disturbances will cause fat. Overweight is not always due to overeating. Exercise does not always reduce. But 90 times out of 1oo the trouble is too much and too rich food and too little exercise. If you are overweight do not let laziness or complacency permit you to remain fat. Begin to reduce right now. This simple regime of diet and exercise has been found to be most effective. In several cases as much as 50 pounds have been eliminated-safely and comfortably. In this booklet will be found a weight table pre pared according to the latest study on the subject, as well as a complete program of diet and exer cises that will help you to reduce your weight if you are organically sound. A copy of "Overweight-Cause and Treatment" will be mailed free to anyone who asks for it. HALEY FISKE, President. I rR Publishedby .° = METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Bigges: in the World,More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance in force, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you." f'K'p^'