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Low-carb, no sugar, no fat: the fad diets popular in the 20th century

By Myriam Wilks-Heeg, Lecturer in Twentieth Century History, University of Liverpool
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Fad diets certainly aren’t a 21st-century obsession. In fact, they were also a popular way for people throughout the 20th century to slim down and improve their health. Though much has changed since then – including what we know about dieting and weight loss – many of the popular fad diets we follow today share similarities with those followed in the 20th century.

The early 1900s


Regulating body weight became a significant concern in the 1900s, thanks to emerging evidence about the links between…


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