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By Louise Foxcroft

This is often an enlightening and wonderful social heritage of ways we have now attempted (and failed) to conflict the bulge over millennia. this present day we're advised from either side to narrow down and form up, to shed a couple of kilos or lose life-threatening stones. The media's relentless obsession with dimension might be perceived as a twenty-first-century phenomenon, yet as award-winning historian Louise Foxcroft indicates, we now have been suffering from what to consume, whilst and what kind of, ever because the Greeks and the Romans first pinched an inch. Meticulously researched, spectacular and infrequently surprising, "Calories and Corsets" tells the epic tale of our complex courting with nutrients, the models and fads of physique form, and the way cultural ideals and social norms have replaced over the years. Combining study from clinical journals, letters, articles and the weight loss diet bestsellers we proceed to consume (including one by way of an octogenarian Italian within the 16th century), Foxcroft unearths the intense and sometimes absurd lengths humans will visit in an effort to in attaining the appropriate physique, from consuming carbolic cleaning soap to intentionally swallowing tapeworm. This targeted and witty heritage exposes the myths and anxieties that force cutting-edge multi-billion pound healthy eating plan - and provides a welcome standpoint on how we will be able to be fit and satisfied in bodies.

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Introduction: ‘The Price of a Boyish Form’ 2. The Origin of the Diet 3. Luxury and Sloth 4. Strictly Avoid Frightening Ideas 5. Advice to Stout People 6. Fads and Feeding 7. Keep Your Eyes Open and Your Mouth Shut 8. Half a Grapefruit and Two Olives 9. Skeletons and Sweater Girls 10. Modern Industrial Dieting Bibliography Illustration Credits Acknowledgements Index 1. Too many of us are labouring under the tyranny of a culturally prescribed body shape; where dieting is the norm and a skinny body the goal.

Strictly Avoid Frightening Ideas 5. Advice to Stout People 6. Fads and Feeding 7. Keep Your Eyes Open and Your Mouth Shut 8. Half a Grapefruit and Two Olives 9. Skeletons and Sweater Girls 10. Modern Industrial Dieting Bibliography Illustration Credits Acknowledgements Index 1. Too many of us are labouring under the tyranny of a culturally prescribed body shape; where dieting is the norm and a skinny body the goal. Women such as the singer Beth Ditto are facing down the prejudice and the bullying and challenging today’s ideas of what is beautiful.

Up to 40 per cent of women feel like they are always dieting or are constantly concerned about their weight; 25 per cent of them thought about food every thirty minutes but just 10 per cent thought about sex as often (men are said to think about sex much more frequently, with 36 per cent fantasising every half an hour). Some women were also concerned with dieting when eating out, choosing low calorie foods in restaurants instead of what they really wanted, and many admitted eating junk food in secret and then lying about it.

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