Volunteers Gerald Wilsnack, Marshall Sutton, and Jasper Garner relax in the sun during their daily routine as participants in the Ansel Keys starvation experiment, c.1944. The image is from the Minneapolis Newspaper Collection, Hennepin County Library Special Collections.
From November 1944 to late October 1945, Dr. Ancel Keys paid close attention to hunger. He supervised thirty-six young male volunteers in a "starvation experiment," funded by the U.S. Army. This landmark effort at the University of Minnesota led to broad new understandings of nutrition and health.