19th Century Weight Loss Fad

Weight Loss Fad19th Century Weight Loss Fad

Have you ever heard of a 19th century weight loss fad? Do you accept the status quo and believe your health should deteriorate as you age, or do you demand more for yourself? Do you buck the system, that is, buck the Standard American Diet, and look for a better way to ensure your long-term health going forward?

What do you want for yourself? What do you seek for yourself? What do you demand for yourself?

I want to know, because I’ve been on a quest for better health through healthier eating for the past seven years. In the beginning, quite frankly, it was dumb luck that started me on this path, but I’ve grabbed onto a better way with both hands, and I’m hanging on for dear life!

My goal now is to share what I’ve learned with others, to inspire as many people as I can to say “NO” to the way it’s been food-wise in this country and to embrace a new way of eating that will keep them younger and healthier going forward for many years!

Today, I want to introduce you to a new “friend” I’ve made. A virtual friend, a friend from the past if you will. This man, named William Banting, was an undertaker in England during the mid nineteenth century.

As he grew older and when obesity became a huge health challenge for him, he wrote:

“Of all the parasites that affect humanity, I do not know of, nor can I imagine, any more distressing than that of Obesity.”

Today, I read a wonderful article; in fact, it’s so good, I want you to read it, too!  It says, in part:

Banting tried every diet and lifestyle fad available in the middle 19th century: walks by the seaside to take in fresh air, caustic medicines and laxatives, “taking the waters” in favorable locations, Turkish baths, riding horseback, and so restricting his food intake that he likened it to living on pennies a day. One doctor advised “vapor-baths and shampooing” to work up a sweat.

Nothing seemed to swing the scale more than a few pounds, and at a time when trim gentlemen could be found in the press openly complaining about too many fat men on the London bus lines, the “sneers and remarks of the cruel and injudicious in public” couldn’t help but get through.

This wasn’t just a value judgment equating size with personal failure, either. In fact, Banting wrote, if a larger person managed to eat, drink and sleep well, and was free of pain or disease, more power to him. Most physicians considered gradual weight gain simply a part of the privilege of growing older in the 19th century. Banting, rather, felt he was being cut off from a full life, from access to public spaces and “advantages to health and comfort.”

By 1862, Banting was plainly in a bad way. He couldn’t reach his own shoes to tie them in the morning. Prone to light-headedness, he would go down stairs backward — wheezing and teetering slowly with each step — in order to minimize stress on his ankles and knees.

I don’t want to tell you if he succeeded in resolving his weight issue or what steps he took. Did he create a weight loss fad? I’m not telling…

Here is the link to the article so you can read it and find out for yourself!

Please keep in mind, this man lived in the mid 1800’s…


Are you settling for the status quo? Do you believe you have to become heavier as you age, or do you want a different reality for yourself going forward?

I invite you to take a look at https://TheHealthyEatingClub.com. This is how I can reach the greatest number of people and affect changes that will help so many.

Please take a look now, and let me know if you have questions.

Helping You Achieve Major Wellness!

Cheryl A Major, CNWC

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Cheryl A Major, CNWC




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