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Covert Bailey (born 1931) is a retired author, television personality, and lecturer on fitness and diet during the 1990s.[1] His best selling book, Fit or Fat, first published in 1978, emphasized the role of aerobic exercise and weightlifting in promoting weight-loss. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 1145 libraries [2] From 1978 to 1999, he authored or co-authored 8 different books on health, diet, and nutrition. In 1990 Bailey appeared in a PBS series "Fit or Fat for the 90s," produced by KVIE of Sacramento, California.[3]


Bailey was born in Boston, and briefly attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, before dropping out to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1952.[4] After graduating from the Army Language School in Monterey, California, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Cold War.[4] After his service, he re-entered college and earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from Boston University in geology. In 1967 he enrolled in the master's program in nutritional biochemistry. He began his career as a nutritionist working for the California Dairy Council, giving lectures on diet, and gradually built up his skills as a lecturer.[4]


  1. Bailey, Covert (1999). The Ultimate Fit or Fat, p. 136. Houghton Mifflin, New York. ISBN 0618002049.
  2. WorldCat book entry
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Kelley, Jack (September 17, 1984). "On the Subject of Fitness, This Best-Selling Author Is Right on Target". People.,,20088683,00.html. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 

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