From Weight Watchers, to the Atkins Diet, to the Lemon Detox, Americans are obsessed with using diet to control our weight. But we’re not the first ones to be concerned with our body mass, to experiment with dieting, and to come up with some really bizarre ideas about how to get thin.
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Stearns, Peter. Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
Stolberg, Michael. “‘Abhorreas Pinguedinem’: Fat and Obesity in Early Modern Medicine (c. 1500-1750).” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (2012): 370-378.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)