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April 20, 2011
7:41 am
FlorrieMay
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There were a few fat people back then, but obesity wasn't common like it is now. I think the reason for that is that women tended to bake a lot and make their meals from scratch. They used fresh vegetables and fruit and no ready meals or processed food because these weren't readily available. Food was honest and additive free. We should go back to doing this before it's too late.

April 20, 2011
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Orrymain
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Actually, when you wanted to go somewhere, you walked or rode a bicycle.  You didn't stay inside with your hands glued to a control stick.  Kids played outside, running around in games of tag or whatnot.

April 21, 2011
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I guess Fats Waller would be an exception to the rule… I read his biography and he certainly enjoyed his food, but I know what you mean.

I also think that there was a healthier image of what a pin-up girl looked like, in the sense that she didn't have to be so thin to be considered attractive.I think we may be changing back to that, hopefully.

 

 

April 21, 2011
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RocketMan
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We always walked to where we wanted to go unless someone came along and gave us a ride. If they did, it was a rare treat. We would ride the bus and the trains a lot. I miss having those available to us now and often wish they were still here with gas prices as they are now. 

April 24, 2011
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It is true, people did not sit around watching TV, playing video games and texting like crazy. They were more active. On  the other hand, they also ate better in that woman did cook more from scratch and "convenience" foods were not common like they are now. I think a lot of that changed when more women joined the workforce and speed replaced good food.

April 24, 2011
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It is also true that many people were able to eat more calories than we need now because they had to do heavy manual work and they needed the energy. They were much likely to walk or cycle to work etc than we are today.

April 30, 2011
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Yes there was not the huge problem like we face now. We have everything doe for us though with machines and can just sit all day long at computers which they did not  have back then.

May 5, 2011
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It really had nothing to do with the food we ate. Infact I'd say when I was a child I ate worse than I do now, or the children do nowadays. We used to LOAD our foods with butter, and when I say load, I mean LOAD. Butter on the cabbage, broccoli, etc. We used to drink soft drinks all the time also, and had a lot of milk shakes. The main thing was, as people said, we got a lot more natural exercise.

May 9, 2011
7:08 am
FlorrieMay
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empirestate said:

It really had nothing to do with the food we ate. Infact I'd say when I was a child I ate worse than I do now, or the children do nowadays. We used to LOAD our foods with butter, and when I say load, I mean LOAD. Butter on the cabbage, broccoli, etc. We used to drink soft drinks all the time also, and had a lot of milk shakes. The main thing was, as people said, we got a lot more natural exercise.


I have to say that it probably has to do with the quality of the food you ate. It would be less processed with less chemical additives. The butter would have been REAL butter, the milk REAL milk, the vegetables FRESH vegetables and I'll bet there was no aspartame in your soft drinks!
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