OPEN LETTER ON BEING OVERWEIGHT (FOURTH EDITION, 1869)

Banting Letter on Corpulence – In Today’s English

By Candice Spence| August 2nd, 2017

OPEN LETTER ON BEING OVERWEIGHT

by WILLIAM BANTING 1869 and modernised by Jay Pillay, 2017

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OPEN LETTER ON BANTING By WILLIAM BANTING

FOURTH EDITION (1869) WITH A PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR MUCH INFORMATION FROM CORRESPONDENTS AND EVIDENCE CONFIRMING THE BENEFIT OF “BANTING,” THE DIETARY SYSTEM WHICH HE RECOMMENDED TO THE PUBLIC PUBLISHED BY HARRISON, 59, PALL MALL, LONDON

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Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public

Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public

(Fourth Edition, May 1869)

By William Banting

https://www.seleneriverpress.com/historical/letter-on-corpulence-addressed-to-the-public/

Summary: William Banting was an overweight British undertaker who by the mid-1800s had tried all the popular prescriptions for weight loss of his day, without success. Then his physician recommended he try abstaining from starches and sweets (i.e., processed carbohydrates). When Banting promptly dropped 35 pounds in a few months, he was inspired to inform the public of his success in the form of this pamphlet. Banting’s publication sparked a rage of successful low-carb dieting across Europe and America that would span the next century. Unbeknownst to most modern nutritionists and weight loss “experts,” low-carb dieting in the Banting mode was commonly recommended in early-twentieth-century textbooks on medicine, obesity, and endocrinology. It wasn’t until the 1960s, with the emergence of the notion that eating saturated fat leads to heart disease—a hypothesis that remains unproven to this day—that low-carb diets fell out of favor. Here the author presents and comments on the fourth edition of his famous letter, by which time he had heard from countless readers confirming the effectiveness of his diet. Published by Harrison and Sons, London, 1869. Read more