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Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:28 PM
In the late 17th./18th. Centuries, obesity (corpulence) was deemed desirable as a sign of wealth and the ability to feast well. (See Hogarth's cartoons). Toward the Victorian era, it was beginning to be realised that the type of foods that caused a person to be overweight, (pies, puddings, etc.) were the very items consumed by the lower classes - Heaven forfend!
Also in Victorian times, it became desirable to look 'romantic' (which usually meant 'consumptive'!) Pale and careworn. You can't pull off that look if you're full of Game Pie!
"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
"I was born with a priceless gift - the ability to laugh at other peoples' troubles" - Dame Edna Everage
Well people still do two of these diets. People today,ingest tapeworms .
It's not as difficult to get rid of them anymore though .
The instances of fish flukes in Japan,from eating sushi ,is quite high .No one dies from it ,as far as I know.
We are always riddled with parasites ,under even normal conditions .
And its not exactly the same,and its for different reasons,but people ingest bitter almonds ,even today .
Bitter almonds,or apricot pits ,are said to cure cancer .
It is of course,denounced ,by the FDA ,but its quite legal .However,many pits contain arsenic .
Apple seeds,apricots ,a few others .
When on a course of bitter almonds ,its advised to eat small amts initially,to let your body become accustomed to the arsenic .
You gradually eat larger amounts ,on a daily basis .
It's deadly to children however .
And before anyone says,Oh ! How barbaric !
Bitter almonds are used in many foods,including marzipan paste .
If you eat marzipan ,you eat arsenic,without knowing it .