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A look at fad diets throughout history

January 11th, 2006

This article at ABC News features a look at some fad diets throughout history.

One notable early dieter was William the Conqueror, King of 11th century England. His preferred method of losing weight was to lock himself in a room and consume nothing but alcohol. After becoming too obese to stay seated on his horse, he died of abdominal injuries due to falling off in battle in 1087. His body was too large to fit in his previously constructed sarcophagus, and burst open when bishops attending the funeral attempted push his body down into the coffin.

Other more recent diets and dieting aids include:

JAMA study - Healthy but overweight adults have 43 percent higher risk of heart disease

January 11th, 2006
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