National Geographic : 1951 May
What doctors say about Overweight There are three wrong ways to Lose Weight There is one best way to Lose Weight The best way for each individual to get weight down and to keep it there, is through his doctor's guidance. This is important because the doctor will determine the cause of overweight which, in over 95 percent of the cases, is simply due to overeating. The doctor's help is needed, too, in determining what foods, and how much, may be eaten. He will "Cheers for Chubby" is a new cartoon film on overweight. It was produced by Metropoli tan, with the cooperation of the Public Health Service of the Federal Security Agency and the American Medical As sociation."Cheers for Chubby" will be shown in theatres this year. Watch for it in your neighborhood. also recommend regular exercise best suited to the individual. With the doctor's advice, the hazards of sudden and unwise weight loss may usually be avoided ... and weight reduction, in cases due to overeating, accomplished steadily and safely. - ' For more information, write for Metropolitan's booklet, 551N, "Overweight and Underweight." Name City State Through strenuous exercise Authoritiesagree that phys ical activity alone causes rel atively little weight loss. Moreover, it places an extra burden on the heart which may already be taxed from overweight. Exercise may also increase appetite and cause a person to eat more than he usually would. Through quick reducing diets Doctors say that practically all "get-thin-quick" diets are likely to do more harm than good. That is because sudden weight loss may lower a per son's strength and resistance. Gradual weight reduction ranging from two to three pounds a week-protects against these hazards. Through reducing pills Medical science has long condemned the use of self prescribed drugs to reduce weight. Authorities say these drugs should be used only when recommended by a doc tor and then taken exactly as directed. Many of them may affect the heart or cause other serious conditions.