‘Corpulent’ in 1860s, ‘overweight’ now

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‘Corpulent’ in 1860s, ‘overweight’ now

Americans’ obsession with weight and dieting fads is nothing new
A 1940s ad for Bile Beans offered the World War II generation an unsafe laxative approach to slim down – even as the first ideal height-and-weight charts arrived.
A 1903 advertisement for La Parle Obesity Soap says it “never fails to reduce flesh” and was selling at $1 a bar.

‘Corpulent’ in 1860s, ‘overweight’ now

A 1940s ad for Bile Beans offered the World War II generation an unsafe laxative approach to slim down – even as the first ideal height-and-weight charts arrived.
A 1903 advertisement for La Parle Obesity Soap says it “never fails to reduce flesh” and was selling at $1 a bar.
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