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Edwardian Idea of Obesity - 08/12/2013
An emphasis on a slim figure is considered by many to be a modern idea and blame the fashion industry for its introduction, but it appears that the idea of "Obesity as the Enemy of Beauty" goes back at least to Victorian times, as this excerpt from The Woman Beautiful (1899)  demonstrates: The moment a woman begins to be conscious of the weight of her flesh, that very moment she must face the questions: Shall I allow this encroaching master to overcome me? Am I not strong enough to assert my freedom of will? It means a battle a l'outrance betwixt the ego and the flesh. And the woman who wills shall win every time. "A strong purpose creates its own means of accomplishment." It is a truism that superfluous flesh enervates; and all experience proves that what was true in Rousseau's time is still the rule: "The weaker the body the more it commands; the stronger it is, the more it obeys." And the price of freedom for woman is to exercise such self-restraint in the ordering of her life as shall keep her mistress of her own small kingdom. Every additional pound of flesh beyond that required to round out the form to artistic lines and harmonic proportions is a menace to woman's beauty and health and usefulness, and, consequently, to her happiness. She who is wise, and has any comprehension of the joy of an active life, will never let her flesh dominate her. That beauty and an excess of adipose tissue are incompatible is one of the fundamental theories of what constitutes true p...

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