A Diet Plan Shaped for the Oval Office


By Molly Clifton

An article in the Annals of Internal Medicine details how President William Taft reached out to a physician in 1905 for diet advice.

Letters exchanged between the two men revealed a detailed diet plan that called for lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables.

The 314 pound Taft documented his daily weight, and he eventually lost 60 pounds.

Researchers say the letters were written just as obesity started to be considered a serious health condition.

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