'Immensely readable and very enjoyable, brilliantly researched and filled with fascinating, often hilarious facts' --Arabella Weir
'Put down the diet book and pick up Louise Foxcroft's history of dieting.' --Daily Mail
'Amusing and illuminating' --Sunday Times
'A grown-up version of Horrible Histories ... her style is pacy and she has a wonderfully light touch' Times --Times
'Elegantly written and full of tasty morsels' --Mail on Sunday
'Anybody with an appetite for such unwholesome [dieting] texts should opt instead for Foxcroft's a slim and sensible history' --Daily Telegraph
'An authoritative history' --Spectator
'Packed with intriguing details - some jaw-dropping, others laugh-out-loud funny.'
'Mixing science with fashion and celebrity, this enlightening book gives the full skinny on lean, fat and in-between' --Saga
An enlightening and entertaining social history of how we have tried (and failed) to battle the bulge over two millennia.
From the Back Cover
Praise for Calories & Corsets'Immensely readable and very enjoyabhle, brilliantly researched and filled with fascinating, often hilarious facts' Arabella WeirPraise for Hot Flushes, Cold Science 'Not many Cambridge academics can make you laugh aloud and gasp with shock. Louise Foxcroft does both' Libby Purves, Mail on Sunday'Packed full of the thought-provoking information you never come across - read this book'India Knight, Evening Standard
About the Author
Louise Foxcroft has a PhD in the history of medicine from the University of Cambridge. Her most recent book, Hot Flushes, Cold Science  was the winner of the Longman-History Today Prize, 2009. She writes for the Guardian and the London Review of Books.