Tips for Eating Healthy

A very popular New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and to lose some weight.


by Neysa McMein, McCall’s, October 1929

Self-help books are very useful.  Make sure to find a quiet place to read without any distractions.

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by Norman Rockwell, Saturday Evening Post, January 3, 1953

Look for foods that are wholesome …

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Crisco advertisement from September 1913 Ladies’ Home Journal, artist unknown

Always eat your vegetables…

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Lhj_dec1913_veggieCandyArticle from December 1913 Ladies Home Journal

And eat plenty of dairy products…

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White Mountain advertisement from July 1913 Ladies’ Home Journal, artist unknown

It’s good to drink plenty of liquids …

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Pepsi advertisement from March 1958 McCall’s, artist unknown

And try to avoid sweets …

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Lucky Strike advertisement from March 1929 Delineator, artist unknown

There’s lots of advice for keeping a resolution of eating healthier.  However, taking advice from vintage magazine advertisements could end up making you even less healthy than before.


The Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover is from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive.

All other images are from Modern Graphic History Library’s Periodicals Collection.

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.