Unearthed article shows celeb diet furore never changes

While some people think scandal surrounding impossibly strict celebrity diets are a recent sensation, an unearthed article from 1929 shows this not to be the case.
According to Jezebel, a number of back issues of the Photoplay magazine have been archived and one of the most eye-catching articles surrounds the supposed “menace” of Hollywood diets and their incompatibility with reality.
Katherine Albert, a copywriter for the publication argued that “the average woman risks her health when she attempts to achieve a movie figure”, before consulting a scientist who points out a more appropriate diet.
Dr H. B. K. Willis, one of Hollywood’s most-well known physicians at the time – according to Ms Albert – said that a breakfast of half a large grapefruit, a scalloped codfish, stewed tomatoes, saltine crackers, one teaspoon of butter, the same quantity of sugar and a cup of coffee is much more desirable than the celebrity alternative: a cup of hot water.
Ms Albert explains the need for extreme celeb diets by stating that “when a woman steps in front of the camera she adds from five to 20 pounds to her figure”.

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