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  • Ransom Center Fellow reveals author's diet obsession

    Ransom Center Fellow reveals author's diet obsession

    By Julia Ehrhardt for the Harry Ransom Center
    Julia Ehrhardt for the Harry Ransom Center
    Published: Dec. 8, 2009

    Before the Atkins, South Beach and Cabbage Soup diets was the Hollywood Eighteen Day Diet from the 1920s, which demanded fewer than 600 calories per day. One of its earliest practitioners was American novelist Fannie Hurst, who wrote extensively about her weight loss struggles in the early 20th century, when obesity began turning into a cultural stigma.

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