Pick a Word
Pick a word – chubby, pudgy, stout, plump, or round. When used to describe a person’s body, these words reflect a negative view of an individual who is not thin/skinny. Americans have long focused on being thin. The beginnings of the anti-fat trend can be traced back to the British funeral director William Banting’s 1860s book, A Letter on Corpulence, which advocated a low carb diet. The diet book was extremely popular in Europe as well in the US and made Banting an anti-fat crusader. The phrase “I’m banting“ became synonymous with dieting. Others picked-up on the anti-fat theme, such as 1900 Philadelphia Cookbook which declared: “An excess of flesh is to be looked upon as one of the most objectionable forms of disease“.
There have been no shortages of diets since Banting’s time – some of which were unusual to say the least. In 1920s, Lucky Strike cigarettes ads showed women smoking with the caption “Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet”, implying that smoking would stop the urge to overeat. There have also been many food-centric diets like the Grapefruit diet (1930s), cabbage soup diet (1950s), and the wine and egg diet (1970s). Other well-known weight-loss diets from the last decade include Weight Watchers, SlimFast, Atkins, and the South Beach diets. Today, the Mediterranean, DASH, Noom Nutrisystem, and intermittent fasting are popular weight loss diets.
Will diets someday be a thing of the past given the new weight loss drugs? This week, Eli Lilly announced that the company is seeking approval of their Type 2 diabetes drug, Mounjaro, for weight loss. If approved, Mounjaro will join similar weight loss drugs, Saxenda and Wegovy, which are currently available in the market. These new weight loss drugs offer a non-surgical approach to treat obesity, which if left untreated can lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, some types of cancers as well as other disease and health conditions.
While these game-changing weight loss drugs are a big topic of conversation, they should not be the exclusive topic. Individuals face other health challenges related to their weight such as atypical-anorexia and body-dysmorphic-disorders. Read more about these conditions in Mirror, Mirror.
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Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
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