Researching for this blog has really opened my eyes to the reality of the history of weight. Ever since I was a kid I always thought that people from before the 2000’s were thin because portion sizes were ‘proper’ and there was a lack of processed foods. I would watch movies from the Hitchcock era and historical movies like The Help because I was fascinated at not only the plots but the food that they showed. The portion sizes were always small, at least half the size of what I think is normal, if not less of what is considered a proper portion size today.
Recently I watched an old beauty advice video from the 1940’s that utterly shocked me. The portion sizes in this video were massive, even by todays standards. Each meal (the recommended three meals a day) were basically a three course trek through carbs and sugar. Each meal had the main dish, let’s say tomato soup and a sandwich made with white bread, then a side of a scone with jam, a glass of milk, then a dessert.
I couldn’t believe it! I witnessed the real start to the weight epidemic. I realized that the reason why people weren’t paying attention to the portion sizes was, because back then, there was nothing to do, so everyone was forced to go outside to exercise. I remember my grandmother telling me (she grew up around the start of the compulsory sugar eating frenzy) that when she first got a bike she rode it all day, for hours, kilometres upon kilometres, and she was thin! It makes sense that people were thin back then even with those horrendous portion sizes.
I felt so bad for every girl who had to both watch, and was apart of that video because the woman leading it constantly contradicted herself, “your worth is not the sum of your looks, but the way you feel, present yourself, and the way others perceive you completely depends on them.”
The population of this time with this value system and followed the diet plan in this video didn’t stand a chance. Diet had to do with whether regardless of constant exercise and ‘play’, would have kept most of the teenage girls thin, they would soon have to further their studies or become house wives. What is most important is that both of which make a person more susceptible to a sedentary lifestyle and therefore if they followed the diet plan in this video, they would soon start to pack on the pounds and sadly not understand why.
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