Ideas The Fat Wars (Part 2 of 2)

Ideas The Fat Wars (Part 2 of 2)

North Americans have been waging a war since the early 20th century, on two main fronts – health and fashion. "We have turned thinning into a new religion in this country," observed Roberta Seid, social historian and author of Never Too Thin: Why Women are at War with their Bodies. The second part of this two-part series traces the evolution of attitudes in the western world, from the 19th century when fat was considered not only beautiful but a sign of prosperity, through the 20th-century reversal and an increasing intolerance of fat.

  • 1997
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  • 13-14
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