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GIM's Dr. Kimberly Gudzune, MD, MPH, was quoted in an article on obesity and diet in the October 14, 2013 issue of the New York Times. The article entitled "In Struggle With Weight, Taft Used a Modern Diet" describes the efforts of US President William Howard Taft to lose weight and keep it off during the early years of the 20th century. The article by Gina Kolata acknowledges that "Taft’s experience highlights how very difficult it is for many fat people to lose substantial amounts of weight and keep it off, and how little progress has been made in finding a combination of foods that lead to permanent weight loss."
Dr. Gudzune points out that the regimen Taft was put on by his physician to lose weight included features found to be most effective for dieters today, such as daily weighing and keeping a food diary. Dr. Gudzune notes that a complementary behavior, regular communication with his doctor, was undoubtedly a major factor in Taft's dieting success, and that it is an ideal that "is almost unheard of" and largely impracticable today.