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Fat people who want to reduce should take their exercise on an empty stomach and sit down to their food out of breath.... Thin people who want to get fat should do exactly the opposite and never take exercise on an empty stomach.

Hippocrates (c 460 BC-c. 377. BC), Greek physician. A Regimen for Health, IV.


Patients should have rest, food, fresh air, and exercise - the quadrangle of health.

William Osler (1849-1919), Canadian physician. Sir William Osler: Aphorism, Ch. 3 (William B. Bean).


To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), Writer


He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skill of the physician.

Chinese Proverb


Despite of what your mother said, leave food on your plate - before you get full. Your getting fatter isn't going to help the hungry.

James Griffing, ExRx.net ;-)


One swears by wholemeal bread, one by sour milk; vegetarianism is the only road to salvation of some, others insist not only on vegetables alone, but on eating those raw. At one time the only thing that matters is calories; at another time they are crazy about vitamins or about roughage.

The scientific truth may be put quite briefly; eat moderately, having an ordinary mixed diet, and don't worry.

Robert Hutchison (1877-1960), Newcastle Medical Journal, Vol 12, 1932.


The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), Inventor


No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Aadam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath.”

Islamic teachings: Ahmad, At-Tirmidhee, An-Nasaa'ee, Ibn Maajah - hadeeth saheeh


Food is an important part of a balanced diet

Fran Lebowitz


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