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Diet and Health


Key to the Calories

By Lulu Hunt Peters, A.B., M.D. Ex Chairman, Public Health Committee California Federation of Women's Clubs Los Angeles District

Chicago The Reilly and Lee Co.


Dedicated by permission to

Herbert Hoover

Illustrated by The Author's Small Nephew

Dawson Hunt Perkins The little rascal

Read This First

I am sorry I cannot devise a key by which to read this book, as well as a Key to the Calories, for sometimes you are to read the title headings and side explanations before the text. Other times you are supposed to read the text and then the headings. It really does not matter much as long as you read them both. Be sure to do that. They are clever. I wrote them myself .

I have been accused of trying to catch you coming and going, because I have included in my book the right methods of gaining weight, as well as those for losing weight. But this is not the reason though I don't object to doing that little thing the reason is that the lack of knowledge of foods is the foundation for both overweight and underweight.

I did want my publishers to get this out in a cheaper edition, thinking that more people could have it, and thus it would be doing more good; but they have convinced me that that idea was a false claim of my mortal mind, and that the more you paid for it, the more you would appreciate it. I have received many times, and without grumbling on my part, ten dollars for the same advice given in my office. Perhaps on this line of reasoning we should have ten dollars for the book. Those of you who think so may send the balance on through my publishers.


Los Angeles, California June, 1918


1 Preliminary Bout 11 2 Key to the Calories 23 3 Review and More Definitions 30 4 More Keys and More Calories 37 5 Vegetarianism vs. Meat Eating 54 6 The Deluded Ones My Thin Friends 59 7 Exercise 69 8 At Last! How to Reduce 77 9 Autobiographical 88 10 Testimonials 96 11 An Apology and Some Amendments 98 12 Maintenance Diet and Conclusions 102 13 Three Years Later 106

Diet and Health


Preliminary Bout

Rule to Find Ideal Adult Net Weight

Multiply number of inches over 5 ft. in height by 5 1/2; add 110. For example: Height 5 ft. 7 in. without shoes.

7 x 5 1/2 = 38 1/2 110 Ideal weight 148 1/2

If under 5 ft. multiply number of inches under 5 ft. by 5 1/2 and subtract from 110.

Are You Thin and Do You Want to Gain?

[Sidenote: Don't Read This ]

Skip this chapter. It will not interest you in the least. I will come to you later. I am not particularly interested in you anyway, for I cannot get your point of view. How any one can want to be anything but thin is beyond my intelligence. However, knowing that there are such deluded individuals, I have been constrained to give you advice. You won't find it spontaneous nor from the heart, but if you follow my directions I will guarantee that you will gain; providing, of course, you have no organic trouble; and the chances are that by giving proper attention to your diet you will gain anyway, and maybe in passing lose your trouble. Who knows?

[Sidenote: Bad Business ]

In war time it is a crime to hoard food, and fines and imprisonment have followed the exposé of such practices. Yet there are hundreds of thousands of individuals all over America who are hoarding food, and that one of the most precious of all foods! They have vast amounts of this valuable commodity stored away in their own anatomy .

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Now fat individuals have always been considered a joke, but you are a joke no longer. Instead of being looked upon with friendly tolerance and amusement, you are now viewed with distrust, suspicion, and even aversion! How dare you hoard fat when our nation needs it? You don't dare to any longer... Continue reading book >>

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