|William Banting & Lewis Carroll.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||64 / 2017|
Fat was getting fatter in Victorian times, from Joe the "fat boy" in The Pickwick Papers to Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and the first known case of childhood obesity in 1859. William Banting, undertaker to dukes and princes, was distressed over his burgeoning avoirdupois, and placed himself on a diet eschewing butter, potatoes, sugar, and milk in favor of fish, meat, and dry toast. Ahead of its time, Banting's slim volume on slimming became so popular, "to bant" meant dieting or trimming down. His Letter on Corpulence appears here (with pithy responses from other contributors), and is joined by Lewis Carroll's Feeding the Mind, a similarly advanced treatise on not clogging the brain with "fatty" information.