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Vintage Friday: Fight Fat with Tapeworms!

Posted by Rosepixie on April 2, 2010

This is a poster for fat-banishing tapeworms.  I don’t have a date on it, but from the style and art I’d guess it’s from early in the 1900s.  If anyone has a date, I’ll be happy to update this post with it!

The text reads:

No Danger

No diet – No baths – No exercise!

FAT – the Enemy that is shortening your life – Banished!

How?  With sanitized tape worms!  Jar packed.

“Friends for a fair form”

Easy to swallow!  No ill effects!

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  It’s the miracle solution for weight-loss!  Except that it involves swallowing tapeworms.  Yeah.  Tapeworms.  So it’s actually keeping you thin by… well… doing pretty horrible things to you, actually.

Of course, these are sanitized tapeworms, so maybe they’re ok.  Who knows?  Clearly someone thought it was a good idea.  And that woman is very pretty.  Still, I’m not sure I’d want to swallow tapeworms to look like her.  Would you?

One Response to “Vintage Friday: Fight Fat with Tapeworms!”

  1. Eva said

    That whole idea made me really sad. You know that some people did it out of desperation. I’m not sure if the medical technology was even capable of deworming you with any useful rates of success back then.

    I have a picture of the same poster with some of actual jars from the House on the Rock museum:

    The Secret to "Always Stay Thin"

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