The Messed-Up History of Dieting (with Dr. Katharina Vester)

Mar 22, 04:30 PM

For this episode, Mina revisits an old video she made on the history of dieting, supplemented (no pun intended) with more information, listener stories, and an interview with Dr. Katharina Vester, culture historian and professor at American University.

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Regime change: Gender, class, and the invention of dieting in post-bellum America by Katharina Vester
From Robust Appetites to Calorie Counting: The Emergence of Dieting among Smith College Students in the 1920s by Margaret A. Lowe
The Progressive Era Body Project: Calorie-Counting and “Disciplining the Stomach” in 1920s America by Chin Jou
Dieting in the Long Sixties: Constructing the Identity of the Modern American Dieter by Nancy Gagliardi
Slimming One’s Way to a Better Self? Weight Loss Clubs and Women in Britain, 1967–1990 by Katrina-Louise Moseley
“Lose Like a Man”: Gender and the Constraints of Self-Making in Weight Watchers Online by Emily Contois
Fasting Girls: A History of Anorexia by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
Holy Anorexia
by Rudolph M. Bell
History in the Comic Mode: Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person by Rachel Fulton and Bruce W. Holsinger
An examination of the imposture of Ann Moore, called the fasting woman, of Tutbury: illustrated by remarks on other cases of real and pretended abstinence
by Alexander Henderson
America’s First Amphetamine Epidemic 1929–1971 by Nicholas Rasmussen
The return of rainbow diet pills by Pieter A. Cohen, Alberto Goday & John P. Swann 

A Speedy History of America’s Addiction to Amphetamine
Saint Wilgefortis: a bearded woman with a queer history
How slimming became an obsession for women in post-war Britain by Myriam Wilks-Heeg
Kids' Sugar Cravings Might Be Biological 
5 Food Myths You Should Stop Believing
Anorexia Mirabilis: Fasting in Victorian England and modern India
The Jacob Case
Breatharian Website
Cult that shuns food shaken by reports leader is eating
Breatharian Leader Wiley Brooks Lives On Light, Air, And Quarter Pounders