Nutrition: Cutting Calories

The affluent life in the U.S. of the 1960s is also the sweet life, the fat life and the soft life—or so the top U.S. experts have decided. Last week they announced that if the average American male wants to stay lean and healthy, he should cut 300 calories out of his daily diet and his wife should cut 200 from hers.

The change has come about since 1958, said the Food and Nutrition Board of the Government-sponsored National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council. The board sets up "recommended dietary allowances" for what it calls a "reference man"—a healthy 25-year-old who...

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