KENNETH V. SCHWARTZ
To the editor: I would like to reply to the article of Drs. Gwinup, Chelvam, and Steinberg in the March issue (Ann Intern Med 74:408-411, 1971). The thesis of "spot reduction" expressed by Mayer (1) assumes that removal of excessive fat in an area will be enhanced by exercise in that area. I do not feel that very active tennis players provide a good model for this concept.
Any tennis player or watcher will readily agree that the nonracket arm is hardly a limp overweight extremity; in fact it is used extensively for throwing balls up, balance, and so forth.
SCHWARTZ KV. "Spot" Reduction of Fat. Ann Intern Med. ;75:316. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-2-316_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(2):316.
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