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Post  Admin on Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:56 pm

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 expose 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_.

[Illustration: contents noted]

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. You never wanted to be fat anyway, but you did not
know how to reduce, and it is proverbial how little you eat. Why, there
is Mrs. Natty B. Slymm, who is beautifully thin, and she eats twice as
much as you do, and does not gain an ounce. You know positively that
eating has nothing to do with it, for one time you dieted, didn't eat a
thing but what the doctor ordered, besides your regular meals, and you
actually gained.

You are in despair about being anything but fat, and--! how you hate it.
But cheer up. I will save you; yea, even as I have saved myself and
many, many others, so will I save you.

[Sidenote: _Spirituality vs. Materiality_]

[Sidenote: _A Long, Long Battle_]

It is not in vain that all my life I have had to fight the too, too
solid. Why, I can remember when I was a child I was always being
consoled by being told that I would outgrow it, and that when I matured
I would have some shape. Never can I tell pathetically "when I was
married I weighed only one hundred eighteen, and look at me now." No, I
was a delicate slip of one hundred and sixty-five when I was taken.

I never will tell you how much I have weighed, I am so thoroughly
ashamed of it, but my normal weight is one hundred and fifty pounds, and
at one time there was seventy pounds more of me than there is now, or
has been since I knew how to control it. I was not so shameless as that
very long, and as I look back upon that short period I feel like
refunding the comfortable salary received as superintendent of an
hospital; for I know I was only sixty-five per cent efficient, for
efficiency decreases in direct proportion as excess weight increases.
Everybody knows it.


_The Meeting Is Now Open for Discussion_

Jolly Mrs. Sheesasite has the floor and wants some questions answered.
You know Mrs. Sheesasite; her husband recently bought her a pair of
freight scales.

[Sidenote: _Mrs. Sheesasite_]

"Why is it, Doctor, that thin people can eat so much more than fat
people and still not gain?"

[Sidenote: _Me Answering_]

"First: Thin people are usually more active than fat people and use up
their food.

"Second: Thin people have been proved to radiate fifty per cent more
heat per pound than fat people; in other words, fat people are regular
fireless cookers! They hold the heat in, it cannot get out through the
packing, and the food which is also contained therein goes merrily on
with fiendish regularity, depositing itself as fat.

[Illustration: Fireless Cookers.]

"And there are baby fireless cookers and children fireless cookers. The
same dietetic rules apply to them as to the adult."

"I recognize Mrs. Tiny Weyaton; then you, Mrs. Knott Little."

[Sidenote: _Mrs. Weyaton_]

"We have heard you say that fat people eat too much, and still we eat so
little?"

[Sidenote: _Me Again_]

"Yes, you eat too much, _no matter how little it is_, even if it be only
one bird-seed daily, _if you store it away as fat_. For, hearken; food,
and food only (sometimes plus alcohol) maketh fat. Not water--not
air--verily, nothing but food maketh fat. (And between you and me, Mrs.
Weyaton, just confidential like--don't tell it--we know that the small
appetite story is a myth.)"

[Sidenote: _Mrs. Knott Little_]

"But, Doctor, is it not true that some individuals inherit the tendency
to be fat, and can not help it, no matter what they do?"

[Sidenote: _Doctor_]

"Answer to first part--Yes.

"Answer to second part--No! It is not true that they cannot help it;
they have to work a little harder, that is all. It is true that being
fat is a disease with some, due to imperfect working of the internal
secretory glands, such as the thyroid, generative glands, etc.; but that
is not true fat such as you have. Yours, and that of the other members
who are interested, is due to overeating and underexercising.

[Sidenote: _Not_?]

"Those diseased individuals should be under the care of a physician.
Probably the secretory glands are somewhat inactive or sluggish in the
healthy fat individual. I use the word _healthy_ here in
contradistinction to the other type. In reality, individuals very much
overweight are not really healthy, and they should also visit their
physician."

"Yes, Mrs. Ima Gobbler?"

[Sidenote: _Mrs. Ima Gobbler_]

[Sidenote: _Doctor Dear_]

"But, Doctor dear, what's the use of dieting? I only get fatter after I
stop."

(Answering delicate like, for I'm fond of her and she is sensitive):

"You fat--! You make me fatigued! _You never diet long enough_ to get
out of the fireless cooker class. _If you did, you wouldn't."_

"Is there anyone else who would like to be recognized? No?"

[Sidenote: _Nothing That I Don't Know_]

It is well. I will probably answer more as I go along, for there is
nothing that I don't know or haven't studied or tried in the reducing
line. I know everything you have to contend with--how you no sooner
congratulate yourself on your will power, after you have dragged
yourself by the window with an exposure of luscious fat chocolates with
curlicues on their tummies, than another comes into view, and you have
it all to go through with again, and how you finally succumb.

I hope sometime it will be a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment, to
display candy as shamelessly as it is done.

Many fond parents think that candy causes worms. It doesn't, of course,
unless it is contaminated with worm eggs, but, personally, I wish every
time I ate a chocolate I would get a worm, then I would escape them. The
chocolates, I mean. I will tell you more about worms when I discuss
meat.

[Sidenote: _Vampires_]

[Sidenote: _Malicious Animal Magnetism?_]

I know how you go down to destruction for peanuts, with their awful fat
content. It is terrible, the lure a peanut has for me. Do you suppose
Mr. Darwin could explain that?

Perhaps I was a little too delicate like in my answer to Mrs. Gobbler's
question,--What's the use of dieting, she only gets fatter after she
stops?

So many ask me that question, with the further pathetic addition,--Will
they always have to keep it up? And it ever irritates me.

The answer is,--Yes! You will always have to keep up dieting, just as
you always have to keep up other things in life that make it worth
living--being neat, being kind, being tender; reading, studying, loving.

You will not have to be nearly so strenuous after you get to normal;
_but you might as well recognize now, and accept it as a fact, that
neither you nor anybody else will be able to eat beyond your needs
without accumulating fat or disease, or both._

I love Billy Sunday's classical answer to the objection that his
conversions were not permanent. He responded: "Neither is a bath!"

WHEN YOU START TO REDUCE you will have the following to combat:

[Sidenote: _A Combat_]

First: Your husband, who tells you that he does not like thin women. I
almost hate my husband when I think how long he kept me under that
delusion. Now, of course, I know all about his jealous disposition, and
how he did not want me to be attractive.

[Illustration: _Green!_]

Second: Your sister, who says, "Goodness, Lou, but you look old today;
you looked lots better as you were."

[Illustration: _Sweet Peace_]

Third: Your friends, who tell you that you are just right now; don't
lose another pound! And other friends who tell you cheerful tales of
people they have known who reduced, and who went into a decline, and
finally died.

[Sidenote: _To Avoid Slack in Your Neck, Double and Triple Chins,
Massage Vigorously Up and Down, Not Crossways_]

[Sidenote: _I Am Interesting_]

But you must not mind them. Smile, and tell them that you know all about
it, and don't worry. Go serenely on your way, confident in your heart
that you will look fully ten years younger when you get down to normal,
no matter how you look in the interim. I don't see why women, and men,
too, (secretly) worry so much about wrinkles. If the increased wrinkles
on the face are accompanied by increased wrinkles in the gray matter,
'tis a consummation devoutly to be wished. I'm sure I am much more
interesting with wrinkles than I was without. I am to myself, anyway.

However, you will not be any more wrinkled if you reduce gradually, as I
advise, and keep up your exercises at least fifteen minutes daily.

[Sidenote: _I Have a Beautiful Complexion_]

[Sidenote: _I Attended an Art School Six Months Once_]

Take care of your face, alternate hot and cold water, glycerine
one-quarter, rose water three-quarters, cold cream packs, massage
gently, a little ice--you know what to do--you need not fear. You will
not only look ten years younger and live twenty years longer--I assert
it boldly--but your complexion and efficiency will be one hundred per
cent better.

[Sidenote: _Joy_!]

If there is anything comparable to the joy of taking in your clothes, I
have not experienced it. And when you find your corset coming closer and
closer together (I advise a front lace, so this can be watched), and
then the day you realize that you will have to stitch in a tuck or get a
new one!

But don't be in a hurry to make your clothes smaller now. If they are
loose they will show to the world that you are reducing. A fat person in
a tight suit, unless it is perfectly new, should be interned.

[Sidenote: _Food Only_]

[Sidenote: _Impossible_]

I have said that food, and food only, causes fat. That gives you the cue
to what you must do to get rid of it. No anti-fat medicines unless under
the supervision of your scientific, educated physician. They are
dangerous; most of them contain thyroid extract, arsenic, or mercury.
Even the vendors of these harmful compounds in their advertisements are
now saying to "stop harmful drugging," but urge you to adopt their
particular delightful product, and, "without dieting or exercises, you
will positively reduce," and so forth.

No drastic purges, no violent exercises, especially at first, and not
too frequent nor prolonged Turkish baths. Epsom salts baths have little
effect. If salts are used habitually internally, they are harmful. All
of these are unscientific and unsuccessful, and the things they bring on
are worse than the fat.

Now, if food is the only source of body substance, you see that you must
study that question, and that is what I will give you--some lessons on
foods and their values.

[Sidenote: _Candy Cake, Pie, Rich Meats, Thick Gravy, Bread, Butter,
Nuts, Ice Cream_]

[Sidenote: _Whipped Cream, Candied Sweet Potatoes_]

Heretofore you have known only in a dumb, despairing sort of way that
all the foods you like are fattening, and all the advice you read and
hear is that you must avoid them as a pestilence. And you settle down to
your joyless fatness, realizing that it is beyond human strength to do
that forever, and that you would rather die young and fat, anyway, than
to have nothing to eat all your life but a little meat, fish, and sloshy
vegetables. Study on, and you will find the reason your favorite foods
are fattening.

But cast off your dejection. _You don't have to avoid them_!

Eat what you like and grow thin? Yes; follow me. I know it will be an
exertion, but you must persist and go through with it. Nothing in life
worth while is attained without some effort. So begin now; it is the
price of liberty.


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