Minnesota Starvation Experiment


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An experiment which ran from November 1944 until December 1945 and studied the physiologic effects of malnutrition and semi-starvation and the effectiveness of dietary rehabilitation on 36 male volunteers, as part of the American effort to feed populations that suffered malnutrition during the war
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Thirty-six men, all conscientious objectors to World War II, participated in what became known as the Minnesota Starvation Experiment For 24 weeks, their caloric intake was severely restricted, and they were forced to walk 22 miles a week.
The Minnesota Starvation Experiment clearly showed that eating too little food for a prolonged period of time causes psychological symptoms, and many of these symptoms are similar to those described by patients with anorexia nervosa.
Thirty-six men agreed to take part in an infamous University of Minnesota starvation experiment.
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