We're not exactly sure what it was we expected of this book. It was not at all what we thought it would be & that is just fine with us! All we can say is it was a real eye opener. We had no idea that American's were on diets for such a long time - even during the Great Depression! American's dieting even though they were not fat. Always striving to be what we are told is beautiful.
The most noble part of the diet trend was the war effort to "Grow Your Own Food" That must be the smartest & healthiest time in our nations history regarding our diets! We really need to get back into that mentality & all have "Victory Gardens" It shouldn't take a war or environmental concerns or whatever the new "thing" is to get us to do this.
We learned why the 7th Day Adventists are Vegetarians, we learned about diet pills, crash diets, & so much hype that has been feed to us for far too long. Someone is always out there looking to make tons of cash on our insecurities.
It is just the tip of the iceberg on how heavily we are influenced in so many ways in our day to day lives. Living how we are expected to live. Now it is normal to have diabetes & be on tons of prescription med.'s. Now we really are a fat nation...
We don't care who you are, if you care at all about how we Americans have been duped time and time again, you will want to read this book.
The chapters are short & each bit of info. for the various topics is backed up with footnotes so the reader can do their own research if they so choose.