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When done properly, dieting can be a good thing, influencing more nutritious eating and healthier lifestyle choices while losing weight. But when you take a look at the history of dieting, you’ll understand why it’s important to lose weight sensibly and healthfully, as we are able to help you do at Alison Wellness Clinic.

Let this be the year of you, healthfully If you’re ready to start on your road to a healthier, lighter you, call us today for an appointment: (256) 489-5748. And either way, you should find it mind-boggling to review this brief history of dieting:

2016 — almost half of all American women are dieting every day The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) reports that weight-loss practices, including the promotion of unhealthy body image, date back to the mid-1800s when women wore corsets so tight they could crush ribs and cause the wearer to pass out. And yet, here we are, over a century and a half later, still searching for a magic road to a healthy weight, with some women returning to corset “waist training” as a weight loss method.

It’s been worse

Those old corsets made of whalebone that could be laced tight enough to harm stomach muscles actually aren’t the most dangerous diet trend that’s ever been.

1925 saw the introduction of the Cigarette Diet Introduced by Lucky Strike cigarettes, it included the marketing slogan, “Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet.” It was in the 1920s that tobacco companies began targeting women and claiming that smoking could help control weight. Sadly, 40 to 50 percent of female smokers today still say they smoke to help them eat less.

In the 1970s, the Sugar Association says sugar is a good appetite suppressant Their advertising campaign says sugar boots energy and suppresses appetite, making it a useful diet aid. High sugar products are marketed as giving us needed willpower to eat less.

Vegetarians take a rotten tomato to the face in the 2010s Diets heavy in animal protein, such at the Paleo Diet, encourage eating a lot of meat and no dairy or grains.

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