Calories and Corsets: A history of dieting over two thousand by Louise Foxcroft

By Louise Foxcroft

This can be an enlightening and wonderful social historical past of ways we've attempted (and failed) to conflict the bulge over millennia. this day we're instructed from either side to slender down and form up, to shed a couple of kilos or lose life-threatening stones. The media's relentless obsession with measurement should be perceived as a twenty-first-century phenomenon, yet as award-winning historian Louise Foxcroft exhibits, we now have been being affected by what to devour, while and what sort of, ever because the Greeks and the Romans first pinched an inch. Meticulously researched, astounding and occasionally stunning, "Calories and Corsets" tells the epic tale of our advanced dating with nutrients, the models and fads of physique form, and the way cultural ideals and social norms have replaced through the years. Combining study from clinical journals, letters, articles and the weight loss program bestsellers we proceed to consume (including one through an octogenarian Italian within the 16th century), Foxcroft unearths the intense and infrequently absurd lengths humans will visit for you to in attaining the best physique, from consuming carbolic cleaning soap to intentionally swallowing tapeworm. This specific and witty background exposes the myths and anxieties that force trendy multi-billion pound weight loss diet - and provides a welcome viewpoint on how we will be able to be fit and chuffed in bodies.

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I no longer saw any need to be sugar and spice, I had a boyfriend, twenty-four to my sixteen, who thought me worryingly ‘precocious’, and by the time the Sex Discrimination Act was passed in 1975 I was nineteen, in London, on the Pill, with no make-up, no bra, no knickers, no razor, Spare Rib under my arm, my sisters by my side – and feminist to the bone. Yet, as I became a young woman in the midst of feminism’s second wave, we were all still labouring under the tyranny of a prescribed body shape.

Avicenna’s weight-loss answer is still extremely popular nearly a thousand years later though still no more successful as a long-term solution. The first ‘modern’ best-seller, the cosmopolitan and popular fifteenth-century De honesta voluptate et valetudine, by Bartolomeo Sacchi (Il Platina) (1421–81) attempted to bring pleasure (voluptate) and health (valetudine) together. Platina was a humanist writer who supplemented recipes borrowed from other works with some of Galen’s medical advice to produce a practical cookery book in an attempt to balance dietetics (the science of eating for good health) with gastronomy (a philosophy of eating well for pleasure and cultural refinement).

Stories of the eating, drinking and sexual proclivities of well-known members of society abounded and could bolster or destroy reputations, whether they were based in truth or not and this has continued throughout history. The Greek Sicilian chef, Archestratus of Gela, wrote a poem, Hedypatheia (Pleasant Living), in the fourth century BC, in praise of the life of luxury, and was mentioned along with twenty other writers on food and cooking, by the Greek gourmet Athenaeus who wrote the Deipnosophistae (The Learned Banquet), a long, third-century AD account of the luxuries associated with dining.

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