Treatment of obesity: Developments of the past 150 years

  • A. W. Pennington


The history of obesity since the end of the 18th century is reviewed, with particular attention to events connected with the Banting dietary. This treatment appears to have been, originally, one in which carbohydrates were restricted but the total food intake was not restricted. Lacking a rationale, it became modified to. fit current concepts; it underwent transformation into a low calorie diet in which fat was greatly restricted.

Another, more recent, diet in which carbohydrate is restricted while the total caloric intake is not restricted is presented. The rationale for this treatment is indicated.


Obesity Caloric Restriction Intermediary Metabolism Total Caloric Intake Total Food Intake 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. W. Pennington
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  1. 1.Wilmington

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