Moving to the suburbs
Johnny on a Pony
Peter Pan Peanut butter
Bright Red Lipstick
Kilroy Was Here
Two toned shoes
Dates at the Soda Fountain
Bubble gum blowing contests
Come as you are parties / Pajama parties
A brief history of fad diets
I’d like to start off by giving you a brief history of fad diets. Our generation is definitely not the first to be obsessed with crazy ways to lose weight quickly and easily.
In 1820, Lord Byron made the vinegar diet popular. He supposedly lost 60 pounds by dousing his food with vinegar, but some think this man actually suffered from an eating disorder.
If you think the low-carb diet is new, you’re wrong. It first appeared in the year 1825 in the book The Physiology of Taste, and was repeated later by Banting in 1963. In fact, the name “Banting” became a popular term for dieting.
In 1903, The “Great Masticator”, Horace Fletcher, promoted a very original term “Fletcherizing”, which means chewing your food 32 times (once for each tooth).
Calorie counting was introduced way back in 1917 by Lulu Hunt Peters in her book Diet and Health with Key to Calories.
Other crazy diets include the Cigarette diet of 1925, with its infamous motto “Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet”, the Cabbage Soup and Grapefruit or Hollywood diet of 1950, the Sleeping Beauty Diet (which involves being heavily sedated for days), and the Tapeworm diet (wherein you ingest a capsule that causes weight loss. The only side effect is the tapeworm roaming around your intestines). Ok, I hope it’s clear now that we’ve been hooked on the silly idea of dieting for way too long!
Our society seems attracted to these diet gimmicks. We buy into the promise of rapid weight loss. We’re lured by rigid rules and food restrictions. Maybe we even feel special when we follow a certain diet and use it as an excuse to restrict our food intake. Are we addicted to dieting? Most assuredly!