CHAP. 118.—FROM WHAT CAUSES CORPULENCE ARISES;
HOW IT MAY BE REDUCED.
Digestion during sleep is more productive of corpulence than
strength. Hence it is, that it is preferable for athletes to
quicken digestion by walking. Watching, at night more especially, promotes digestion of the food.
(54.) The size of the body is increased by eating sweet and
fatty substances, as well as by drinking, while, on the other
hand, it is diminished by eating dry, acrid, or cold substances,
and by abstaining from drink. Some animals of Africa, as
well as sheep, drink but once every four days. Abstinence
from food for seven days, even, is not of necessity fatal to man;
and it is a well-known fact, that many persons have not died till
after an abstinence of eleven days. Man is the only animal
that is ever attacked with an insatiate1
craving for food.