Some Truly Awful Weight-Loss Advertising Of Yore

These vintage magazine and newspaper ads assure us that a svelte figure and a better life can be ours if only we buy whatever snake oil, fad, or better-living-through-chemistry creation they’re selling.


For much of the 20th century, marketers didn’t concern themselves with subtlety or political correctness; they also made no attempt to avoid name-calling or body shaming.