When the Calorie Restriction Society was formed in 2004, "the perception generated by the news media was that we were a bunch of anorexic whackos pursuing a fool's errand," recalls Bob Cavanaugh, spokesman for the group, which is headquartered in Newport, N.C. "Since then, the media has done a 180." The change in attitude is due to scientific research indicating that people who reduce their daily calories by 40% or so possibly enjoy a longer life. The thinking is that eating less causes ...

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