Medicine: Obese Persons

People get fat from overeating not from glands. This blunt statement was made last week in the leading U.S. gland journal (The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology) by Stanford University's Dr. Windsor Cooper Cutting. As cautious as the next doctor, Dr. Cutting offered no pat explanation of why people overeat. Wrote he: "Certainly the girl disappointed in love may take to candy, or a mother may teach her child to stuff himself, but no such obvious cause is present ... in most obese persons." Dr. Cutting suggested that overeating may be caused by "some psychologic drive which requires satiation by eating"; or...

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