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Fad Diets – Health Implications

Jill Davies (Reader in Nutrition and Head of the Nutrition Research Centre at South Bank University, London, UK.)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 October 1994



With the knowledge that body mass index (BMI) exceeding 30 is increasing in Britain, explores various good diets, popular throughout the century, e.g. The Hay Diet, Hollywood 18‐day Diet, Two‐food Diets, etc. and reveals that most are potentially harmful, lacking in essential nutrients. Points out that it is paradoxical that obesity is on the increase but as many as one in five women at a given time are on a diet, and supports the view that “it is better to be fat than be dead”, suggesting a healthy diet to follow.



Davies, J. (1994), "Fad Diets – Health Implications", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 94 No. 5, pp. 22-24.




Copyright © 1994, MCB UP Limited

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