From the original Greek word dieta, to diet as weight loss – What changed?

Celebrity diets and food fads have been around for centuries – and some of them even worked

The word diet originates from the Greek dieta meaning to live normally. However, nowadays it mostly refers to restricting food to help weight loss rather than a way to enjoy food and health.

Meat-free diets Another theme from fasting is the abstinence from meat and animal products. This was seen in the rise of the vegetarian movement in northern England during the 19th century.

The first diet doctor? The 18th-century doctor George Cheyne was mocked in the press due to his weight (at one point estimated at 220kg).

The slim androgynous popular look for women may have led to a drive for weight loss.

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