The Woman Doctor’s Diet For Teen-Age Girls
I could tell the year this was published just by looking at the cover and book design (one of the side effects of blogging about weeded books). I didn’t find anything particularly bad in this book. The doctor talks a lot about healthy habits that really wouldn’t be that out of place 40 years later; it emphasizes looking good and presumes that that dieting forever is just a fact of life for women.
She does talk about anorexia, which was just starting to enter into mainstream discussions on diets. I remember that a few TV shows brought the subject to mainstream audiences. It wasn’t until the death of Karen Carpenter in 1983, that eating disorders really caught everyone’s attention. At the time, I doubt if there were real strategies for dealing with anorexia other than telling someone to just eat something. This article about the myths about eating disorders was what most of the mainstream believed. Side note: A medical librarian writing for the BEDA (Binge Eating Disorders Association) wrote this little history with a few links that are worth a view.
Now go weed the diet books and make sure there isn’t anything too old floating around on your shelves.