The Beverly Hills Diet

and Other Tales of the Supernatural
  • Jerrold Winter


Sent to study planet earth, an extraterrestrial being might reach an odd conclusion about the diseases that afflict the citizens of the United States. To be sure, cancer and heart disease kill most, and AIDS, though totally preventable, causes great anxiety. But analysis of our newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, together with a monitoring of the thoughts of American men and women, would suggest that our major concern is body weight. In toting up the numbers, our visitor would find that, at any given moment, three- quarters of the female members of the population are too heavy and are “on a diet.” The males are a little different; up until the age of 25 or so, many actively try to gain weight, but then they too begin to diet, though seldom with the ferocity of the female of the species.


Caloric Restriction Basal Metabolic Rate Ideal Weight Average Weight Loss Successful Weight Loss 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

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