Calories & Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2,000 Years

Calories & Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2,000 Years

Today we are urged from all sides to slim down and shape up, to shed a few pounds or lose life-threatening stones. The media's relentless obsession with size may be perceived as a twenty-first-century phenomenon, but as award-winning historian Louise Foxcroft shows, we have been struggling with what to eat, when and how much, ever since the Greeks and the Romans first pinc Today we are urged from all sides to slim down and shape up, to shed a few pounds or lose life-threatening stones. The me...

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Title:Calories & Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2,000 Years
Author:Louise Foxcroft
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Number of Pages:232 pages pages

Calories & Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2,000 Years Reviews

  • Raquel
    Aug 28, 2018

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

  • Caroline
    Nov 09, 2013

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

  • Barbara
    Oct 01, 2016

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

  • Sharon
    Jul 30, 2016

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

  • Jessi
    Feb 08, 2018

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

  • Cady
    Aug 21, 2013

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

  • noelle
    Aug 12, 2012

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

  • Sara
    Oct 12, 2012

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

  • Liralen
    Mar 16, 2012

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

  • Stephen
    Apr 02, 2012

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

    Quite informative. I definately learned some things about the history of peoples relationships with food. Well written. A good use of my time. ...

    This book was interesting, eye-opening and convicting. ...

    Very enjoyable and readable though maybe because of the fluid manner in which it is narrated, the information did not come across as clearly. ...

    interesting book looking at food , diets over the ages starting with the greeks to the modern day would interest someone into social history ...

  • Elizabeth
    Jul 29, 2016

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

    Quite informative. I definately learned some things about the history of peoples relationships with food. Well written. A good use of my time. ...

    This book was interesting, eye-opening and convicting. ...

    Very enjoyable and readable though maybe because of the fluid manner in which it is narrated, the information did not come across as clearly. ...

    interesting book looking at food , diets over the ages starting with the greeks to the modern day would interest someone into social history ...

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  • Laura
    Mar 30, 2013

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

    Quite informative. I definately learned some things about the history of peoples relationships with food. Well written. A good use of my time. ...

    This book was interesting, eye-opening and convicting. ...

  • Jemima
    Oct 23, 2012

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

    Quite informative. I definately learned some things about the history of peoples relationships with food. Well written. A good use of my time. ...

    This book was interesting, eye-opening and convicting. ...

    Very enjoyable and readable though maybe because of the fluid manner in which it is narrated, the information did not come across as clearly. ...

    interesting book looking at food , diets over the ages starting with the greeks to the modern day would interest someone into social history ...

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    ...

    ...

  • Mary Hungerford
    Nov 24, 2015

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

    Quite informative. I definately learned some things about the history of peoples relationships with food. Well written. A good use of my time. ...

    This book was interesting, eye-opening and convicting. ...

    Very enjoyable and readable though maybe because of the fluid manner in which it is narrated, the information did not come across as clearly. ...

    interesting book looking at food , diets over the ages starting with the greeks to the modern day would interest someone into social history ...

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    ...

  • Chelsea Murray
    Feb 25, 2018

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

  • Karen
    Jan 23, 2015

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

    Quite informative. I definately learned some things about the history of peoples relationships with food. Well written. A good use of my time. ...

    This book was interesting, eye-opening and convicting. ...

    Very enjoyable and readable though maybe because of the fluid manner in which it is narrated, the information did not come across as clearly. ...

    interesting book looking at food , diets over the ages starting with the greeks to the modern day would interest someone into social history ...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • David Persinger
    Feb 28, 2012

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

  • Pearlyn Lim
    Jul 14, 2013

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

    Quite informative. I definately learned some things about the history of peoples relationships with food. Well written. A good use of my time. ...

    This book was interesting, eye-opening and convicting. ...

    Very enjoyable and readable though maybe because of the fluid manner in which it is narrated, the information did not come across as clearly. ...

  • Jessy
    Dec 06, 2016

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

  • Dorotea
    Jan 08, 2015

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

  • Starr
    Mar 07, 2013

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

  • Cristy
    Jan 24, 2015

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

    Quite informative. I definately learned some things about the history of peoples relationships with food. Well written. A good use of my time. ...

  • Lauren Ann
    Oct 29, 2012

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

    Quite informative. I definately learned some things about the history of peoples relationships with food. Well written. A good use of my time. ...

    This book was interesting, eye-opening and convicting. ...

    Very enjoyable and readable though maybe because of the fluid manner in which it is narrated, the information did not come across as clearly. ...

    interesting book looking at food , diets over the ages starting with the greeks to the modern day would interest someone into social history ...

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  • Alison
    Jun 26, 2018

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

  • Agnesxnitt
    Oct 23, 2013

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

  • Wendy Jackson
    May 08, 2016

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

  • Catherine Dimes
    Jul 13, 2016

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

    Quite informative. I definately learned some things about the history of peoples relationships with food. Well written. A good use of my time. ...

    This book was interesting, eye-opening and convicting. ...

    Very enjoyable and readable though maybe because of the fluid manner in which it is narrated, the information did not come across as clearly. ...

    interesting book looking at food , diets over the ages starting with the greeks to the modern day would interest someone into social history ...

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  • Katherine
    Mar 04, 2017

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

  • Photography Raptor
    Apr 15, 2017

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

    Quite informative. I definately learned some things about the history of peoples relationships with food. Well written. A good use of my time. ...

    This book was interesting, eye-opening and convicting. ...

    Very enjoyable and readable though maybe because of the fluid manner in which it is narrated, the information did not come across as clearly. ...

    interesting book looking at food , diets over the ages starting with the greeks to the modern day would interest someone into social history ...

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  • Meik Romer
    Mar 09, 2017

    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book just goes to show the very truth of that statement. Two thousand years and mankind is still obsessed with weight, still obsessed with unattainable images of beauty, still despe...

    Well, evidently diets haven't changed much over the centuries. Or?the details have, but there's ever an emphasis on quick fixes and the like...and fat-shaming. (Honestly, the book could have been subtitled Fat-Shaming Through the Centuries.) Because of this repetition of fad after...

    I am interested in the subjects of health and dieting, so this book was very interesting to me. I somewhat expected a lighter read filled with more anegdotes, but this is actually a well-researched record on the historical development of dietary advice. The recount doesn't make it more...

    I read this book as part of the thematic choice ("food politics") for my book club. The intention was to examine time-series data on the approach to food, dieting, and body shape, as opposed to reading one of the newer treatises that fall into the general category of food politics (of ...

    Try as I might I just couldn't finish this book, which started so well, galloped along and then just gave up on me. or me on it - I'm not sure which. Perhaps I just found after a while that the author was trying to give me so many fascinating historical facts that I just became saturat...

    2.5 stars. Well-researched. However, it felt like a list of historical events. Lacked depth of argument. Yeah, people have dieted for a long time. I needed more. ...

    Obviously quite a lot of research was done for this book, but it was all presented in the driest possible. Sourced material hopped around quite a bit throughout geography and ages; I feel a little more organization and deeper analysis of attitudes and cultural norms would have made the...

    The subtitle of this book captures this book perfectly, it is a history of dieting. We learn about how and why people sought to lose weight (for example, Lord Byron thought it would make him stupid). It is also a look at how men have been judging women since time immemorial. ...

    A very interesting (if sometimes dry) account of diets over 2000 years. It reads much more like a very long paper, and focuses on facts, but coming away from the book it's very clear how long the struggle with diets and body image has been going on. ...

    Interesting and well-researched, with lots of great anecdotes. The organization was a little haphazard (and confusing), and there wasn't much analysis, but as I was reading this purely for research, I didn't mind. ...

    Fascinating history of dieting Great descriptions of dieting throughout the ages- explaining how the "trends" we see in dieting today are consistent throughout all of history. ...

    Ever wonder if the contemporary craze for fad diets is without precedent? Well, it isn't. Louise Foxcroft takes the reader on a tour of starvation diets, grapefruit diets, coffee diets, hair-raising exercise routines, colonics, and slimming devices that Torquemada would adore that is, ...

    i'm actually somewhat surprised by how much i enjoyed this. i downloaded it on a whim thinking "this is probably going to suck but whatever!" and you know what? it didn't. it's a good, quick breakdown of history & ineffectiveness of yo-yo dieting. i do wish there had been a chapter...

    Interesting and very well-researched. Covers the history of dieting from the Greeks to present-day, but mostly focuses on the last 200 years. Mostly factual but at the same time amusing and terrifying, for example: "...the 3-Way Diet Program that rather worryingly claimed to 'LITERALLY...

    Interesting history of dieting and the extremes people go to to cure the "curse" of overweight, the final frontier of supposedly acceptable prejudice. Not much has really changed in the past 200 years or so. ...

    This was a very entertaining (and surprisingly interesting) little history book - the author was a tad carping at times, but the many instances of humor by far made up for it. There were a few little grammar things, but they were pretty much isolated right at the beginning. ...

    Some interesting information about the history of dieting. We have not made much progress over the years. ...

    Read like a dissertation rather than the fluff piece I was expecting - and that's a good thing. Very well-researched. ...

    Quite informative. I definately learned some things about the history of peoples relationships with food. Well written. A good use of my time. ...

    This book was interesting, eye-opening and convicting. ...

    Very enjoyable and readable though maybe because of the fluid manner in which it is narrated, the information did not come across as clearly. ...

    interesting book looking at food , diets over the ages starting with the greeks to the modern day would interest someone into social history ...

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