IMPORTANT: MODERN OBESITY EPIDEMIC: American Women Didn’t Get Fat in the 1950s: Diet Secrets From Slimmer Times – My Comments

[I came across stuff from the 1950s, when White Americans were much healthier. The advice from those times were based on scientific studies and government recommendations. It was much simpler and more straightforward – White, if you will. But nowadays people are insanely obese everywhere. I stumbled upon an ebook written by an American lady who says that women, obviously White women, were at the optimal weight because of the things they were taught and what was recommended by the government. This looks fascinating to me. But it is kindle and I don't use kindle. I am curious if there are any PDFs available on this stuff. I also am curious what were the diet secrets of the 1950s? This seems to me as if, yet again, older, White Methods, worked perfectly well and were based on: Logic, science and DISCIPLINE – something which everyone has lost in this Jewish and Black world. Read the details below. I'm finding it fascinating. I repeat, I am finding, ever more, on every topic that White/European thinking is far superior to when Jews get involved with their Jewish crap. It starts sending Whites down the wrong path. The extent of this varies from area to area. e.g. Politics is pure crap. Business is mostly a big Jewish scam. But then Military and Science are areas with lower levels of Jewish harm. Hitler was right as were other Whites like ancients from pre-Christian times. The thing misleading us is Jewish junk. I will look into converting kindle to PDF. Jan]

American Women Didn’t Get Fat in the 1950s: Diet Secrets From Slimmer Times Kindle Edition

American Women Didn’t Get Fat in the 1950s is an honest look at the weight and dieting culture of the past while promoting "kindness at every size" in the present. The author rejects mean-spirited name-calling of any kind. Sample diet menus, a guide for making food choices and a personal account from the author on how she did a "retro reboot" to integrate the 1950s diet into a new yet outdated way of eating is included.

Have you ever noticed when looking at old photos, vintage media or perhaps from your personal recollections that women in the 1950s seemed much thinner than today?

Some key differences: In the 1950s, women aged 20 – 39 years were, according to medical metrics, at an ideal weight. Calorie consumption was at an all-time low. High fructose corn syrup consumed? None! Now, women of all ages are, on average, overweight. Calorie consumption is at an all-time high yet obesity is now considered a “disease.” It’s true that women are taller today than the 50s, but not enough to explain the gain. In 1960 the average American woman was 63.1.” Today she is 63.8.”

What did women know or practice back then that kept them immune from an obesity epidemic? Could it be a matter of simply not consuming high fructose corn syrup or fast food? Not so fast. The root of the problem is far more expansive!

In this ebook you will be given access to many of the 1950s slimming secrets women knew. It reveals pre-BMI medical metrics for healthy weight and eating which were far more stringent and based upon medical studies instead of comparing people to a norm. Also included are vintage US government food recommendations and an examination of the psychological climate and marketing practices to women in the 50s. You’ll find suggestions for integrating "outdated" healthy practices and attitudes into your diet to combat and replace the toxic practices and processed foods prevalent today often mistaken for "progress." This heavily researched ebook contains linked citations, scans of vintage source materials and sample 1950s diet menus.

"Diet" literally means "the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats," and by applying the 1950s diet to her own life author Averyl Hill lost sixteen pounds and four inches around her waist and has kept it off years later. She didn’t join a gym or spend money on branded, pre-packaged diet foods or pills, nor did she start wearing a string of pearls and heels while dusting her home. Going backwards can mean forward thinking!

Please note that this book does not contain recipes. It gives you tools to help facilitate healthy choices about how you eat, move and think about food, weight-loss and overall fitness. Unlike fad weight loss diets today that haven’t made us any slimmer, the 1950s diet worked for millions of American women– a decade of hard evidence is hard to dispute– and we can learn to adopt it again today while leaving behind what’s distasteful!


Then a man reviewed the book and had much to say:

Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2017

I’ve struggled with my weight for a few years now, no doubt due to me having a sedentary job and eating mostly packaged or boxed meals coupled with no exercise. I’ve tried diets like Slim Fast, the Mediterranean Diet, being a nutritarian…you name it. It isn’t that these methods did not work–I did lose weight–but sticking to them was demoralizing, boring, or often expensive. I needed something practical that would not eat up my budget in replacement meal shakes or tons of fresh seafood and still give me lots of food variety to choose from.

It was when looking at old family photos that I realized it is only my current generation that has struggled with being overweight. All of my grandparents and THEIR parents were slim even after popping out many children, and the same went for my aunts and uncles raised by them. Starting with their children (me and my cousins), over half of us struggle with our weight. I knew there had to be some correlation–we live in different parts of the country, have different tastes, and clearly being fat isn’t in our genetic makeup as we are the first portly generation that exists as long as photography has. This brought me back to memories of my childhood and how I remember my now-deceased grandma cooking. What did she do differently? Well, she made practically everything from scratch. Biscuits on weekends I stayed over were never from the can. She even made the gravy. She got quality meat from the butcher, made real lunches and breakfasts that didn’t come from cardboard boxes, and she and my grandpa grew a garden and ate lots of fresh veggies. What didn’t come from the garden came from the farmer’s market. I have fond memories of shelling peas on the back porch and eating simple seasoned chicken, fish, or beef dishes with garden-grown veggies, a rice or starch, or all these combined in a casserole, stew, or soup. They didn’t shy away from dessert, as there were always fresh homemade cookies or pies around, but they didn’t overindulge. And she never used reduced fat, reduced sodium, or diet anything. She used real butter, whole milk, and real sugar. Processed snacks like potato chips or packaged sweets were never around, and about the most processed things they are were boxed crackers and cornbread mixes. And they made a lot of popcorn. She also didn’t own a dishwasher (and didn’t want one), her house was meticulously clean, and as for my grandpa (a product of the Depression era), he walked everywhere he could because gas, to him, was a valuable commodity and even when he retired he never sat still, always out in the garden weeding or building things in his shop. Both of them died never having been overweight. Something in my head went off like a light bulb.

Inspired by this, I began to research 1950s eating styles online and found that the concept of diet food practically didn’t exist. These people drank whole milk, ate bread, didn’t shy away from butter, ate sugar in the form of dessert, and partook in many foods most of us consider diet no-no’s today. But they also exercised more via a combination of a lack of modern conveniences and a desire to be outdoors, ate in season and in smaller portions, and didn’t eat processed meals or own microwaves. And they were nearly all thinner, by a wide margin. Ideas were starting to form in my head…

Then, finally, I found and bought this book. It confirmed my own research into 1950s eating and lifestyle habits, enabling me to see the writing on the wall. This slim book (which is a compliment, trust me) lays out information that isn’t exactly revolutionary considering it was common sense knowledge just 60 years ago, but was rather forgotten as we transitioned to more "productive" lifestyles with no time to cook proper meals and eating more chemically-laden foods for the sake of convenience. The author lays out the reasons why modern living and culture are the biggest culprits to our ever-growing waistlines, and what we can do to get back to what our grandparents did. It’s simple, down-to-earth advice and practical wisdom with no get-thin-quick promises or loads of expensive recipes. Basically, move more, eat wholesome food, avoid processed goods, pay attention to calories, and take responsibility.

That last part is important. I have never been a fan of the modern movement that tries to normalize obesity or make excuses for it. Constantly reassuring an overweight person that there is nothing wrong with them at some point borders on enabling. I am 32 years old and I take high blood pressure and cholesterol medicine. That is NOT okay! And should I keep listening to the body positivity movement telling me I am fine the way I am, I stand a chance of dying by the time I’m 55. There IS a distinct difference between bullying someone for how they look and telling an unhealthy person they need to get better. The author compares it to how we approach the issue of smoking, and I agree with her 100%. We never fail to try to educate a smoker on the negative impact of their habit, whether through personal comments or even intense media campaigns on TV, yet for some reason modern society keeps protecting us overweight people from being made to feel bad for being unhealthy despite the fact that research shows being obese is actually WORSE for you than smoking! The author does not "fat shame", she simply calls out the modern hypocrisy that is the body positivity movement and exposes this attitude for what it is: a contributing factor to death and disease.

The book inspires you to live like our recent forebears and, as a diet guide (because I would not even call it a diet in the modern sense), can lead to weight loss via a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. The book contains no recipes, but it does provide the 1950s food group serving recommendations and advises on what foods you should be eating versus what you should avoid. At less than 100 pages, the book is nice and compact without feeling incomplete–a welcome change from the 400-600 page diet books I’ve often struggled to slog through. It wastes no time getting to the "meat and potatoes", which is a welcome relief.

I would highly recommend this to anyone fed up with modern diets which pull you one way and the other with what you should or shouldn’t eat and burning you out on restrictions or nasty pills, shakes, or packaged products. It isn’t even a diet–it’s practical advice on eating and living that, if applied, will lead to a slimmer waist. If you need motivation, pull out the family photo album and see if you can find any photos before the1960s. If these people don’t look familiar to you, and I don’t just mean by name but in the pant or dress size sense, you’re looking at living proof of what this book is about.

Here were more reviews. Lots of them give the book a 5 out of 5 rating:-

What refreshing honesty. This author brilliantly cuts through the mountain of enabling B.S. that makes women feel better about themselves while simultaneously undermining their efforts to achieve and maintain healthy weight. "Moderation and self restraint" and "holding oneself accountable," are major themes. There are no gimmicks here. No tricks. No easy fixes. Averyl has included some stellar data to back up her arguments, from which she’s shed her own extra stubborn weight. From me, a standing ovation.

4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and insightful read
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2021

This book is an insight in pre-PC thinking a entertaining read; showes that money talks when it comes to food, and that if you do not care about your health no one will. Also dieting is not the holy grail to loosing weight. It is up to each woman to eat whatever they wish in moderation and live a happy life. Read between the lines when bureaucrats makes blanket statements, numbers may not lie however statistics can be manipulated..

5.0 out of 5 stars Common sense, not extremes
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2016

Basic common sense lifestyle ideas without extremes: extreme diets, extreme exercise routines, extreme time commitments. As a former cardio junkie with the arthritic knees to prove it, the honest, down-to-earth tone of this book is refreshing. In a culture obsessed with suoer-sized portions of food AND workouts, it is useful to get a peek in the moderate and healthy views on diet and exercise in previous generations

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading this!
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2021

This book, while short, I felt was interesting and helpful for me. The changes suggested seem reasonable and achievable. I love that she didn’t sugar-coat the common sense reality of food intake in this current culture and she was realistic with her assertion that over eating can and is a great problem nowadays. I am glad I read this!

5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 17, 2020

A snap back to common sense! I really enjoyed this. It’s not very long, I kind of wish there was more but I definitely flipped back to the start and reread it once I was done and probably will again. Love!

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, quick read and surprisingly feminist
Reviewed in Canada on January 7, 2014

You wouldn’t initially guess just how feminist this book is in tone and content, but it really is when read by a reader who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

As someone who loves vintage and mid-century modern, I also found this a fun book to read when the author reports on the literature, advertisements, and media of the time period.

This is a short read and I intend to read it again.

3.0 out of 5 stars hmm …
Reviewed in Australia on February 12, 2015

yeah interesting reading but would have liked to have seen more about the food ratios… how much bread was consumed for example, or how much fat was really used on a daily basis, did they eat red meat every day or was it a Sunday thing and leftover eaten in the next few days.

The authors states that we eat far too much in comparison with people of the 1950’s, but what proportions is she referring to? The meat? the bread? the fat? So I gave it 3 stars.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Reviewed in Canada on April 28, 2014

Very good book. It is very interesting and makes me re think my consumption of processed foods. It is good to think we still can have our cake and eat it too. Moderation is the key.

5.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Interesting and Thought Provoking Book
Reviewed in Canada on January 14, 2015

This book is fun to read but is also full of ideas and concepts that our generation has seemingly forgotten. I really like the emphasis on truth and fact instead of the constantly changing ‘new’ miracle diet. I also like the fact that the author gives us the information to make our own choices instead of a two week meal plan which may or may not work for us. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and was reminded of a lot of what I already knew.

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