Diet and Obesity

  • J. V. G. A. Durnin


This paper will not attempt to define the constrictions that “the concept of a balanced diet” might impose upon the general area of “obesity”. We will assume that “a balanced diet” would require a provision of energy to the body, as well as of nutrients, which would be appropriate for supplying its needs. We will therefore examine some dietary variations which might influence human energy balance. To undertake this in any comprehensive way requires an examination of the normal composition of the human body, particularly in relation to its fat content, and how, and by how much, the total quantity of body fat may increase.


Adipose Tissue Energy Intake Basal Metabolic Rate Sweet Taste Skinfold Thickness 
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