C. WAYNE CALLAWAY, M.D.
The notion of ideal weight has been with us for sometime. Although the term itself seems to have been coined by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1942 (1, 2), the idea that there are optimal weights for heights goes back at least to the turn of the century (3). Elsewhere in this issue, Simopoulos and Van Itallie (4) summarize the deliberations of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) workshop that attempted to unravel some of the problems associated with the nonstandardized and often indiscriminate use of terms such as "ideal weight," "desirable weight," and "acceptable weight"; the epidemiologic studies
CALLAWAY CW. Weight Standards: Their Clinical Significance. Ann Intern Med. ;100:296–298. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-2-296
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(2):296-298.
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