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Obesity in America, 1850-1939: A History of Social Attitudes and Treatment

Obesity in America, 1850-1939: A History of Social Attitudes and Treatment (Paperback)

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The number of overweight and obese Americans has been rising exponentially in recent years, and as a result the United States now has one of the highest rates of obesity in the developed world. Now a leading public health problem for Americans, obesity is a regular topic for nightly news programs, scientific or medical study, and intense public debate. But this study takes a look at obesity in America, concentrating not on the condition as it exists now, but rather on how the condition was viewed, studied, and treated from 1850 to 1939. It concentrates on the images and stereotypes that were associated with fatness during these years, the various remedies that were proposed for the condition, and the often bizarre theories that were proposed to explain obesity, including the idea that ordinary tap water was fattening.The book's coverage is divided into three periods. From 1850 to 1879 there was little obesity in America, and what little existed was found almost exclusively among the upper class. Besides quackery, the condition received very little medical attention, and only negligible media reports focused on obesity as a true health issue.

From 1880 to 1919, a transition of sorts began to occur as doctors, scientists, and other health professionals finally began to present a coherent theory of obesity which was based more on scientific evidence than on wild conjecture. From 1920 to 1939, obesity became accepted as a simple question of 'calories in' and 'calories out'. By this time, the condition was recognized as a big enough health issue that various groups, ranging from private employers to public health officials, began developing some of the nation's first organized weight reduction programs. One appendix looks at the average weights of American men and women as recorded in 1931.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyMedical & VeterinaryBrances of medicineTherapy & therapeuticsObesity: treatment & therapy Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Publication Date: 29/07/2008 ISBN-13: 9780786441204  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Veteran entertainment-media researcher Kerry Segrave is the author of numerous works of social history. His books have covered such topics as ticket scalping, tipping, baldness, vending machines, drive-in theaters, suntanning, jukeboxes, smoking, swindling, lie detectors, shoplifting, and walking, among many others exploring popular culture. He lives in British Columbia.

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