The long, strange history of dieting fads: From William the Conqueror’s liquid diet to Andy Warhol’s ‘disgusting food’ regime – vanity has always outweighed healthy nutrition

‘Of all the parasites that affect humanity I do not know of, nor can I imagine, any more distressing than that of Obesity.’ So started William Banting’s ‘Letter on Corpulence,’ likely the first diet book ever published. Banting, an overweight undertaker, published the book in 1864 to espouse his success after replacing an excessive intake…

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‘I thought ‘Oh God, he hasn’t paid something again!’: Helen McCrory beams beside Damian Lewis as she collects her OBE… after revealing she mistook the invite for an unpaid bill

Actress Helen McCrory beamed with delight on Tuesday as she was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The Peaky Blinders star, 49, could not contain her joy as she proudly posed after her Investiture ceremony with husband Damian Lewis, and her honour for services to drama in hand. However, the mother-of-two went…

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