HEALTHY LIVING

Vintage Weight Loss Ads: A Look At The Health Advice Of Yesteryear

03/25/2012 11:40 am ET | Updated Mar 26, 2012

Would Don Draper approve these messages? With Mad Men's season five premiere bringing everyone's favorite vintage show back to television on Sunday, we decided to take a look back at the ads that influenced our dieting styles and body images over the years.

It's easy to think of the current glut of half-baked weight loss solutions as a modern phenomenon. But these vintage advertisements for the wacky weight loss "cures" of yesteryear prove that snake oil and pseudo-science are not a 21st century invention. But from "obesity soap" to soda for infants, we can appreciate how far we've come over the past century in terms of understanding what our bodies need to function healthfully:

Old Fashioned Weight Loss Ads

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