Dieting: The Most Drastic Way

When the former WAVE appeared at the Veterans Administration Center in Los Angeles, she weighed 315 Ibs., spread thick over a 5-ft. 6-in. frame. Dr. Ernst Drenick was delighted to see her. For years he had been studying the metabolic mysteries of obesity, and had rounded up ten of California's fattest male veterans—one a balloon-shaped 550 Ibs.—as volunteers. The WAVE would help them discover what difference sex might make in a grueling experiment to find out the value and effects of total starvation as a means of reducing.

No Pangs. The WAVE, like the men, was put on a regimen...

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