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Good Health and Bad Medicine:
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 Some Common Food Fallacies

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 Obesity - Part 1

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Obesity - Part 1

( Originally Published 1940 )

THE belief that overweight is undesirable is founded on sure scientific grounds. Aside from the fact that it is an obstacle to good appearance, stoutness definitely predisposes to many chronic diseases, some of them serious. Diabetes, gall-bladder trouble, heart disease, arthritis and foot troubles are some of the disorders that are frequently associated with obesity. It is statistically established, moreover, that life expectancy is diminished with overweight.

The weights recorded in weight tables (see page 199) represent the average weights of large numbers of people of given heights and ages. This average weight is not necessarily the best or ideal weight for any given individual. The heavy-boned, broad-framed person may have an ideal weight that is greater than the average; the thin-boned, narrow-framed person's ideal weight may be somewhat lower. A latitude of about five pounds above and below average weight may be allowed for differences in body construction.

An examination of weight tables shows that the average weight for a given height tends to increase with increasing age. This is by no means a desirable tendency. Ideally, the weight should begin to decrease slightly at the age of 35 to 40, so that by middle age it will be 5 to 10 pounds below the average weight at 30. It is better to be underweight after 40 than overweight. And it is possible to obtain this condition without any sacrifice of good nutrition and health.

Table of Heights and Weights Based upon a Report of the Medico-Actuarial Investigation, 1912, Covering an Analysis of 221,819 Men and 136,504 Women.

AVERAGE HEIGHTS AND WEIGHTS OF MEN

Age 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55

5ft. 1 in 107 118 122 126 127 131 133 134 136

5 ft. 1 in 109 119 124 128 130 133 135 136 138

5 ft. 2 in 112 122 126 130 132 135 137 138 139

5 ft. 3 in 115 125 129 133 135 138 140 141 142

5 ft. 4 in 118 128 133 136 138 141 143 144 145

5 ft. 5 in 122 132 137 140 142 145 147 148 149

5 ft. 6 in 126 136 141 143 146 149 151 152 153

5 ft. 7 in 131 140 145 148 150 153 156 156 158

5 ft. 8 in 134 144 149 152 155 158 16o 162 163

5 ft. 9 in 138 148 153 156 l6o 163 166 166 168

5 ft.10 in 142 152 158 161 165 168 170 171 173

5 ft.11 in 147 156 162 166 170 174 176 177 178

6 ft. 0 in 152 161 167 172 176 18o 182 183 184

6 ft. 1 in 158 166 173 178 182 186 188 190 191

6 ft. 2 in 162 171 179 184 189 193 196 197 198

6 ft. 3 in 168 176 184 190 195 20o 202 204 205

6 ft. 4 in 172 182 189 196 201 206 209 211 213

6 ft. 5 in 177 186 194 201 207 212 216 217 219

AVERAGE HEIGHTS AND WEIGHTS OF WOMEN

Age 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55

4 ft. 8 in 102 106 109 112 115 119 122 125 125

4 ft. 9 in 103 108 112 114 117 121 124 127 127

4 ft. 10 in 105 110 113 116 119 123 126 129 129

4 ft. 11 in 106 112 115 li8 121 125 128 131 131

5ft. 1 in 108 114 117 120 123 127 130 133 133

5 ft. 1 in 109 116 119 122 125 129 132 135 135

5 ft. 2 in 112 118 121 124 127 132 135 138 138

5ft. 3 in 115 123 124 .127 130 135 138 141 141

5 ft. 4 in 118 125 128 131 134 138 141 144 144

5 ft. 5 in 122 128 132 134 138 142 145 148 148

5 ft. 6 in. 126 132 135 138 142 146 149 152 153

5 ft. 7 in. 130 136 138 142 146 150 153 156 158

5 ft. 8 in. 134 140 143 148 150 154 157 161 163

5 ft. g in. 138 143 148 15o 154 158 161 165 167

5 ft. 10 in. 142 147 151 154 157 i61 164 169 171

5 ft. 11 in. 147 151 154 158 16o 164 168 173 174

6 ft. o in. 152 156 158 162 163 167 172 176 177

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