A Weighty New Year's Resolution

January 12, 2015 8:47 PM

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The #1 New Year's resolution is to lose weight (it's the winter equivalent of "bikini season!"). But while there are certainly health concerns associated with obesity, there's also a tremendous amount of gratuitous dieting going on aimed at achieving impossible standards of "ideal beauty."

During the Victorian era, women "enhanced" their looks through tightly laced corsets known to cause fainting, the wasting of muscles and to crush ribs. One of the first "fad diets" was conceived in 1864 by a husky, former undertaker in London, who wrote about his weight-loss plan in Letter on Corpul...

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