The Hundred Year Diet: America's Voracious Appetite For Losing Weight by Susan Yager
I'm not exactly sure what it was I expected of this book. It was not at all what I thought it would be and thankfully that is just fine by me. All I can say is it was a real eye opener. I 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 and healthiest time in our nations history regarding our diets. We really need to get back into that mentality and 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.
I learned why the 7th Day Adventists are Vegetarians, the origins of diet pills, crash diets, and 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 and be over prescribed medications by our doctors. With all the diet hype and pictures of thin and fit celebrities, we really are a fat nation.
I 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 and each bit of information for the various topics is backed up with footnotes so the reader can do their own research if they so choose.
Enlighten yourself and for the love of the beautiful body you've been given, eat your vegetables (and a bit of cake never hurt anyone did it?).
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