Stranger Than Most
by SUSAN LAUTZ
People in America used to be a lot thinner. I like to look at old pictures and movies. Even in the street scenes you rarely see a woman wearing more than a size 5. (I can only assume that 11- inch waists were the norm.) Old TV shows reveal the same thing. The “fat guy” role could now be played by any average American in line at WalMart.
On a more personal level, I look at old pictures of my family and realize that we didn’t share an ounce of fat between us. And we were solidly middle-class citizens who enjoyed three square meals a day. Now I eat one meal a day and it’s a constant struggle to keep my weight below “obese” on that dratted BMI chart. What happened?
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