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Fletcherism

noun Fletch·er·ism \ ˈflech-ər-ˌiz-əm \

medical Definition of Fletcherism

: the practice of eating in small amounts and only when hungry and of chewing one's food thoroughly

Biographical Note for fletcherism

  • Fletcher, Horace (1849–1919), American dietitian. Fletcher was plagued by obesity and indigestion most of his life. Then in 1895 he set out to find the key to good health. He developed a set of principles which he proceeded to propagate. The basic tenets were these: one should eat only when genuinely hungry and never when anxious, depressed, or otherwise preoccupied; one may eat any food that appeals to the appetite; one should chew each mouthful of food 32 times or, ideally, until the food liquefies; one should enjoy one's food.

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