Victor Lindlahr

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Victor Lindlahr
Born(1897-02-14)February 14, 1897
DiedJanuary 26, 1969(1969-01-26) (aged 71)
Miami Beach, Florida
EducationDoctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Alma materChicago College of Osteopathy
OccupationRadio presenter, writer
Known forYou Are What You Eat (1940)
Parent(s)Henry Lindlahr

Victor Hugo Lindlahr (February 14, 1897 – January 26, 1969) was an American radio presenter, health food writer, and osteopathic physician. From 1936 to 1953, he hosted Talks and Diet, a popular radio series about nutrition.[1][2]


In 1918, Lindlahr graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.[3] His father was the famous naturopath Henry Lindlahr.[4]

In 1940, he wrote the book You Are What You Eat, one of the earliest texts of the health food movement in the United States, which sold over half a million copies.[5] His book is also credited for popularizing the expression.[6]

Between 1944-1953, Lindlahr endorsed the dietary supplement serutan on the radio and television.[3] Lindlahr has been described as a promoter of fad diets.[7] He developed a low-carbohydrate diet which he called the Catabolic Diet.[8] Nutritionist Frederick J. Stare included Lindlahr's Calorie Countdown in a list of books on nutritional quackery, which "ought not to be on anyone's shelves."[9]


  • Guide to Balanced Diet (1938)
  • The Natural Way to Health (1939)
  • You Are What You Eat (1940)
  • The Lindlahr Vitamin Cook Book (1941)
  • Win Health Through Foods (1946)
  • 7 Day Reducing Diet (1948)
  • 201 Tasty Dishes for Reducers (1948)
  • Eat and Reduce! (1948)
  • Your Body Energy
  • Calorie Countdown (1962)


  1. ^ DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 166. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2.
  2. ^ Buxton, Frank; Bill Owen (1972). The Big Broadcast, 1920-1950. Viking Press. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-670-16240-6.
  3. ^ a b Cox, Jim. (2006). Radio Speakers: Narrators, News Junkies, Sports Jockeys, Tattletales, Tipsters, Toastmasters and Coffee Klatch Couples who Verbalized the Jargon of the Aural Ether from the 1920s to the 1980s: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. p. 175. ISBN 978-0786427802
  4. ^ Maloney, Cathy Jean. (2008). Chicago Gardens: The Early History. University of Chicago Press. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-226-50234-2
  5. ^ Levenstein, Harvey A. (2003). Paradox of Plenty: A Social History of Eating in Modern America, Part 12. University of California Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-520-23440-6.
  6. ^ Gilman, Sander L. (2007). Diets and Dieting: A Cultural Encyclopedia. Routledge. p. 178. ISBN 978-0-415-97420-2.
  7. ^ Smith, Andrew F. (2017). Food in America: The Past, Present, and Future of Food, Farming, and the Family Meal, Volume 1. ABC-Clio. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-4408-4731-8
  8. ^ Rosen, Steven J. (2011). Food for the Soul: Vegetarianism and Yoga Traditions. Praeger. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-313-39703-5
  9. ^ Stare, Frederick J. (March 10, 1964). Health Frauds and Quackery. In Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Frauds and Misrepresentations Affecting the Elderly of the Special Committee on Aging United States Senate Eighty-Eighth Congress Second Session Part 3. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 297

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