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This little gem I found trolling through a catalog (yes, this is how I spend my free time).  It is ten different kinds of awful.  From what I can tell, this was a donation added to the collection in around 1990.  Anyway, regardless of the dated nature, this book is just lousy.  Take a look at these professional illustrations.  I am sure teens will be lining up for this book.



or this one:

Better yet, how about giving some instruction in an eating disorder:

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  • Oooh, a whole 1000 calories. Sign me up. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the minimum intake for most people’s basal metabolism generally around 1200-1300 calories, give or take?


    I don’t remember much about it, though, except for those drawings. The triangle on the cheekbone is like a star in my memory. 🙂

    The book might be a little goofy, but for an awkward girl with no siblings and whose mother had no clue about “modern” girl things, I remember this book as an aid to feeling less socially inept. A how-to book for someone who didn’t know how-to!

    PS. You didn’t find it in N. CA, did you? If so, then I think my mom cleaned out our junk room.

  • “Eyes need washing too.” With plain cold water?? IN your eyes?? Is it to wash out that huge amount of mascara they’re telling you to put on?

  • I own this book! I knew it as soon as I saw the name on the RSS feed. I bought it at a yard sale when I was little (early 90s), and the only other time I’ve seen it was this summer at a book exchange thing.

    There’s no mention of the part that horrified me most, though. There’s a part where it asks you to try to hand-span your waist, and it says that if you can, great, and if you can’t, keep trying.

    Jessie–The lowest number of calories that can be considered safe is 1200, yes.

  • Eyes need washing? I’m 26 and I’ve never washed mine! They must be filthy.

  • Oh my God… when I saw the title of this post, I thought, “Certainly not…” but indeed, I recognize this book because I owned it as a child! I think someone picked it up for me at a garage sale or something. It was terrible. If I remember correctly, there was also a section consoling women with small busts, explaining that if they did certain exercises their boobs would look bigger.

  • … and then they include pictures of food at the bottom – they even include CAKE.

    One thing is for certain: cake is *not* on that diet’s list…

    The fact that a “1000 calorie diet” is in print is plainly dangerous, particularly for younger people who may not be aware of the litany of deleterious effects such a diet could have on their bodies.

    Present-day medical literature wouldn’t recommend that diet even under controlled conditions.

  • How have I managed to live 44 years without once washing my eyes? I reckon I should be able to grow potatoes in them by now!

  • Well, you know, there are some things you can’t cover up with lipstick and powder…

  • I didn’t know about applying mascara to the top and bottom of the upper lashes!

  • Haha, “Ambrosia”. Gross. PB on toast with asparagus spears on the same plate? I’ll pass.

  • This book was also found the Southern states too! It was creepy to watch the picture slowly load & know the cover from memory! I had it as a girl of the early to mid 80’s – it must have been something from a book club my mother signed me up for. Creepy that it could still be found on a shelf ANYWHERE!

  • Right, so, was this book written before treated water? Because if I tried to wash my eyes in the way they described, I’d be running around the bathroom yelling “It burns! It burns! It burns!” That said, I guess unlike most of the commenters above, I DO wash my eyes on occasion – but I use contact solution, not town water!

  • I KNOW I read this book as a kid in the 80s. Even then I thought the diet was unhealthy and a prescription for anorexia.

  • I had this book too! I got it in the mid-80s probably, and I’m pretty sure it came as part of some by-mail book club I belonged to. I think terrible diet information like this was rampant in the 80s. I recall friends in middle school trying to keep their diet to 500 calories a day!

  • I too remember this book! Borrowed it from my local public library 🙂

  • Don’t diss the illustrations. I enjoyed those line drawings that decorated self-help articles in Glamour magazine for a decade or so.

  • The American Diabetes Association 1,000 Calorie Diet was not all that unusual back then–and when I was in 8th grade (1978), I was not only placed on that diet by my family DOCTOR–he augmented it by prescribing me AMPHETAMINES.

    The first of many steps in the total screwing up of my metabolism.

  • I still have that book! And, yes, I got it through a book by-mail book club in the mid-80s.

  • Oh my god, memory blast. I HAD THAT BOOK. I totally had that book when I was a little girl! I remember the makeup instructions and everything!

  • I had that book too! There must have been a hot air balloon drop of them over Northern California in the mid eighties. I recall studying the cover and wishing I could look like the girl with the sundress on. The makeup instruction page did not fit the example set by my older punk rocker sister. She’s in her late 30’s now and still has pink hair. Go figure.

  • Ok, so, I totally must comment on this ancient post. I had that book in 5th or 6th grade (late ’80s). It was part of the Especially for Girls book club, which was part of the Weekly Reader book club. Oh, the memories.

  • Yep, I had this book too, and I remember the triangle blush instruction. I guess I actually read it! Wow, it looks so crappy now… I would never give my daughter a book like this.