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- noun dated A method of
weight lossby avoiding foodcontaining large amounts of farinaceous, saccharine, or oilymatter.
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In Great Britain, a mode of treatment instituted in one Banting, by Dr. Harvey, whereby the former was decreased in weight forty pounds, has obtained somewhat wide celebrity; and what is more remarkable, it is known as "Bantingism," taking its name from the patient instead of the physician who originated it.
"Bantingism," to be effective, must be most closely followed, when, unfortunately also, it proves extremely debilitating; it is suitable only for sturdy, hard riding gluttons of the Squire Western type.
When Bantingism showed little sign of fading from the scene, however, The Lancet's editors adopted a more scientific approach.
We know this because Banting published a sixteen-page pamphlet describing his dietary experience in 1863 – Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public – promptly launching the first popular diet craze, known farther and wider than Banting could have imagined as Bantingism.