Obesity in America, 1850-1939: A History of Social Attitudes and Treatment

Obesity in America, 1850-1939: A History of Social Attitudes and Treatment

by Kerry Segrave
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786441208

ISBN-13: 9780786441204

Pub. Date: 08/15/2008

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

This is a study of obesity in America from 1850 to 1939, concentrating on how the condition was viewed, studied, and treated. It examines the images and stereotypes that were associated with fatness, the various remedies that were proposed for the condition, and the often bizarre theories used to explain it, including the idea that ordinary tap water was fattening.

Overview

This is a study of obesity in America from 1850 to 1939, concentrating on how the condition was viewed, studied, and treated. It examines the images and stereotypes that were associated with fatness, the various remedies that were proposed for the condition, and the often bizarre theories used to explain it, including the idea that ordinary tap water was fattening.

From about 1850 to 1879, obesity existed almost exclusively among the upper class, and it received very little medical attention. From 1880 to 1919, doctors, scientists, and other health professionals began to present a coherent theory of obesity. By 1920, the condition was recognized as a big enough health issue that various groups, ranging from private employers to public health officials, began developing some of the nation's first organized weight reduction programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786441204
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     1
Obesity Emerges, Slightly, 1850-1879     3
Psychology and Effects, 1880-1919     18
Oddities, Sports, Clubs, Employment, 1880-1919     31
Causes and Cures, 1880-1919     48
Reducing, Diets, and Exercise, 1880-1919     71
Style and Prevalence, 1880-1919     110
Psychology and Effects, 1920-1939     116
Oddities, Sports, Clubs, Employment, 1920-1939     125
Causes and Effects, 1920-1939     132
Reducing, Diets, and Exercise, 1920-1939     139
Style, Prevalence, and Statistics, 1920-1939     159
Conclusion     168
Average Weights of Men and Women (1931)     175
Notes     177
Bibliography     189
Index     197

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