CANADA: National Weigh-ln

On a protein diet for the past 20 months, Canada's Health & Welfare Minister Paul Martin has cut his weight from 201 to 160 Ibs., making him the envy of many a portly colleague. Last week the minister's interest in weight and diet was extended from the particular to the general. The National Health and Welfare Department announced a nationwide survey in which 25,000 Canadians will be weighed and measured to determine new height-weight standards for the whole country.

The height-weight charts now posted in schools and doctors' offices across Canada bear little accurate relation to present national averages. They...

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