Vintage Atkins, Torture Machines and Fat-Shaming: Getting Slim the 1950s Way

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31st Jul, 2014

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Here’s a rather eye-brow raising television clip from 1958 showing various diet and weight loss methods of the day. We learn that Dr. Atkins certainly wasn’t the originator of the ‘fat’ diet as we speak to the doctor behind “Eat Fat, Grow Slim”, and receive various slimming tips courtesy of the British Pathé commentator, such as, “Slimming is better tackled before you get enormous”.

My personal favourites:

The rack used to be an instrument of torture, it still looks like it, however, it stretches the verterbae, tones up the muscles and makes a girl feel marvellous (if they remember to switch off in time).

and…

From the examination and study of your case, we’ve found although you’re not an excessively fat person … we propose by means of fasting to get 10lbs off in a week’s time. You may have a slight headache in the first 24 hours but the last thing you’ll feel is hungry.

Sit back and enjoy the helpful and delicate advice of 1950s television:

Yup, don’t forget to pop your unregulated pills and ask for Slim-O!

via Dangerous Minds

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