Showing posts from February, 2012

1950s Advice from "Diet and Like it": Just say "No, thank you."

I have a charming little diet booklet from 1957 called "Diet and Like it." In it I found this advice: 
As a guest in a private home, you are somewhat at the mercy of your hostess. But no code of manners calls for accepting a second slice of cake and you can refuse without appearing ungracious. In fact, in this age of dieting, the ungracious one is the insistent hostess.
Have you ever had an awkward moment as a guest when you felt obliged to indulge beyond what you wanted to eat? Or maybe you are like me and have memories of wanting to eat (or actually eating) way more than beyond "polite!"

Sugar at Supper Time! Lawrence Welk on PBS

I have a secret that will be no more. Well, some close friends know.

I sometimes watch The Lawrence Welk Show on Saturday evenings.

What's nice is that whenever I bring it up in a conversation I pretty much get the same response: "Is that still on? I used to love watching it at my grandparents' house!" And their faces light up before they realize how uncool that might sound.
Good news! Although the show began airing in 1955 and ran until 1982, you can watch Lawrence Welk reruns on PBS!
Yes, it's often syrupy but sometimes I need that to offset the dark and seedy "entertainment" of 2012. If you don't like the music then the sets, outfits and hair are a feast for admirers of vintage style. Look at the fantastic "Mad Men" hair in the above video!
But no, that isn't enough for me. I'm going to live wild tonight because I recently purchased vintage TV trays so that I could eat dinner at the same time.
I hope you're laughing at me bec…

American PETS Didn't Get Fat in the 50s

I just discovered the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. In their news section:
The fifth annual veterinary survey found 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats to be classified as overweight or obese by their veterinarian. That equals 88.4 million pets that are too heavy according to veterinarians. 
“The most distressing finding in this year’s study was the fact that more pet owners are unaware their pet is overweight.” comments APOP founder Dr. Ernie Ward. 

“22 percent of dog owners and 15 percent of cat owners characterized their pet as normal weight when it was actually overweight or obese. This is what I refer to as the “fat pet gap” or the normalization of obesity by pet parents. In simplest terms, we’ve made fat pets the new normal.” 

The changing bodyscape of Americans is distorting our idea of what is healthy. Obesity has become normalized and it's hard for many to see it not just in themselves but in their pets now, too!