Calories & Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2,000 Years

Calories & Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2,000 Years

Louise Foxcroft


this can be an enlightening and unique social heritage of ways we have now attempted (and failed) to conflict the bulge over millennia. this present day we're steered 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've been suffering from what to devour, while and what sort of, ever because the Greeks and the Romans first pinched an inch. Meticulously researched, incredible and occasionally stunning, "Calories and Corsets" tells the epic tale of our advanced courting with meals, 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 food plan bestsellers we proceed to consume (including one via an octogenarian Italian within the 16th century), Foxcroft unearths the extraordinary and sometimes absurd lengths humans will visit so as to in attaining the correct physique, from consuming carbolic cleaning soap to intentionally swallowing tapeworm. This particular and witty historical past exposes the myths and anxieties that force today's multi-billion pound weight loss plan - and provides a welcome point of view on how we will be able to be fit and satisfied in bodies.

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