By Sander L. Gilman

Diets and weight loss program have concerned―and occasionally obsessed―human societies for hundreds of years. The dieters' regime is ready many stuff, between them the keep watch over of weight and the physique, the politics of attractiveness, self-discipline or even self-harm, own and societal calls for for superior future health, non secular concord with the universe, and moral codes of life. An A to Z encyclopedia, this cutting edge reference paintings spans many sessions and cultures because the acclaimed cultural and scientific historian Sander Gilman lays out the heritage of diets and weight loss program in a desirable sequence of articles.

This quantity is a reference software providing the old, well known, and clinical context for diets and eating plan from the traditional global to the current. The entries variety from biography to giant survey essays, which hide the ancient and cultural context in addition to the perform of eating regimen. The entries are actually overseas in scope, and current the context for modern eating plan tradition and big name in the longer old view and throughout cultures.

Sample entries include:



Robert Atkins

Bariatric surgical procedure




China Today

Fast Food

Fat Positive



Greek Medicine

John Harvey Kellogg

Medieval Diets

Paleolithic Diets



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