The Kind of Complete History of Diet Culture – Season 3 Episode 3

Have you heard the saying that in order to change the future, you must understand the past? Well, Kelsey and Heather are diving into the history of dieting and how diet culture became a THING.

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TThe Kind of Complete History of Diet Culture – Season 3 Episode 3

Have you heard the saying that in order to change the future, you must understand the past? Well, Kelsey and Heather are diving into the history of dieting and how diet culture became a THING. And it’s SUUUUPER interesting!

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  • Our topic today is the history of diet culture because I was thinking about diet culture and I was like when did this start, right? Like who did this start with? And it didn’t start with our generation and it didn’t start with our mothers and it didn’t start with our grandmothers. And then I started going back farther and farther, and I was like when did this madness start, so I thought it would be good to take a step back and go through some of the historical contexts of diets and then diet culture.
  • First off, dieting didn’t start until food scarcity wasn’t an issue anymore, right? When food is scarce, dieting becomes less. So like the paleolithic era, pre-agricultural revolution, diet culture just wasn’t it.
  • The first hints of dieting to achieve a certain body type or a certain look actually show up sometime, probably around 580, and it was actually early Christians that it showed up in. They believed that the physical body was the enemy of the soul. It was believed that gluttony and larger bodies were evidence of sin because if you had a larger body, you were simply overeating because you were indulging. And this first time that we see dieting to achieve a body type already has a moral component to it, which we know that dieting today still has a moral component to it.
  • Then the Renaissance period began right around 1500 and everything became a little bit more secular, but it was still considered immoral to be overweight, but that was because during the Renaissance period there were still lots of people that didn’t have food. 
  • Then in 1558, the first diet book came out and it is still in print. It is called The Art of Living Long.
  • Being immoral is linked with overindulging in food. So in other words, through the centuries it’s literally been smaller is good, larger is bad. 
  • So at this point, we have magazines. At this point, we have books. We have all of these prints where we can see images of what we maybe should look like, right? But it was thin and romantic, so clothes became form-fitting for both sexes. 
  • After World War 1, women were trying to diet themselves down. The prevalence of a bathroom scale became popular. Vitamins, fat massages, thyroid extracts, chewing gums, pills. All that sort of stuff and we also had more magazines that were reaching real mass audiences. So they had ads for weight loss. It was a big time for women wanting to change their bodies. 
  • The other huge factor and huge impact of this time period and probably one of the biggest is the Hollywood movie industry spun up. So it was silent films, right? Showing them how beautiful and thin a glamorous person could be, so we have a lot of the starlets of the day that were underweight or just very small for a person in general.
  • The standard of beauty changed during World War 2. We have Rosie the Riveter to thank for that, right? Most of the clothing fashions were functional because women were leaving the house to go work. So, we saw a rise of more functional clothing but women’s magazines were still featuring reducing diets to reduce size. This is where we also see the introduction of the grapefruit diet and the master cleanse.
  • I mean, the carvings of the female body from the Paleolithic era and many of the statues are obese by today’s standards, right? So if Paleo people were so healthy and their women were so healthy, how in the world, could they be obese? By our standards. And maybe the answer is that our standards are jacked up. Maybe “obese” is something we coined, right? We made up this title for this threshold. Maybe it’s really not even a thing.
  • This is where the revolution needs to start to change what we have decided is healthy because if we all believe that this is how it’s supposed to be, or this is what health is supposed to look like, we could believe anything, so this is where the word has to get out.
  • I’m hoping that people will come away from this thinking, Wow, maybe I can go a little easier on myself because all of this is just construed by some person somewhere. It’s all been created. It’s not a fact. It’s not literal.

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