“William Howard Taft, the only massively obese man (at 350 pounds) ever to be president of the United States, struggled mightily to control his weight a century ago…”
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
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A recent New York Times article http://www.nytimes.com * noted: “On the advice of his doctor, a famed weight-loss guru and author of popular diet books, he went on a low-fat, low-calorie diet. He avoided snacks. He kept a careful diary of what he ate and weighed himself daily. He hired a personal trainer and rode a horse for exercise.”

“Obesity experts said Taft’s experience highlights how very difficult it is for many fat people to lose substantial amounts of weight and keep it off, and how little progress has been made in finding a combination of foods that lead to permanent weight loss.”

“Doctors today would most likely offer Taft weight-loss surgery — which could have a big effect on weight — or drugs, which have a small effect at best.”

* to read the full NYTs article In Struggle With Weight, Taft Used a Modern Diet by Gina Kolata, highlight and click on open hyperlink http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/health/in-struggle-with-weight-william-howard-taft-used-a-modern-diet.html?_r=0

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