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Weight Loss Ads and More – Insane Corporate Advertisements

Anthony Gucciardi
March 27th, 2012
Updated 11/03/2012 at 12:30 am
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Smoking cigarettes for weight loss, giving your newborn babies a gulp of sugary soda, and dropping wholesome foods for processed candy bars in an attempt to drop pounds fast; these are but a few of the vintage advertisements that major corporations were allowed to broadcast to consumers worldwide. As a reminder of just how backwards many ‘health’ advertisements are, here are 4 truly insane weight loss ads from across the globe. While viewing the ludicrous content, think about whether or not they’re really much different from many ‘health’ ads you see today.

1. Smoking Weight Loss Ads – Lose Weight with Cigarettes

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This advertisement from 1929 from the Lucky Strike cigarette company shows how cigarettes were at one point actually marketed towards women as a fat-loss aid. Big tobacco was quite stalwart in denying the negative effects of cigarettes for years, despite repeated proof from health experts and scientific whistleblowers. Smoking now remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, ending the lives of around 393,000 Americans per year.

2. In Order to Lose Weight, You Need to Eat More Sugar

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This ad, put out by sugar manufacturers in the 1970s, actually says that sugar can help you lose weight and eat less. “When you’re hungry, it usually means your energy is down,” says the ‘health’ banner. “By eating something with sugar in it, you can get your energy up fast.”

Unfortunately sugar is actually highly addictive, shown to be as powerful as cocaine by numerous studies. Sugar has also been found to feed cancer cells, prompt excess weight gain, and contribute to a number of other serious health ailments. This is among the most ridiculous of weight loss ads.

3. Forget Vegetables, Eat Psychoactive Drugs

vegetables2 410x298 Weight Loss Ads and More Insane Corporate AdvertisementsThis ‘dieting candy’ company touts a weight loss solution that completely removes ‘yawn rabbit food diets’ that contain foods like vegetables and other produce. Instead of eating broccoli, you can consume one of their stimulant-loaded diet bars. The bar even includes the psychoactive drug phenylpropanolamine, banned in the United States for causing stroke.

4. Feed Your Baby Lots of Soda

sodababy 410x298 Weight Loss Ads and More Insane Corporate AdvertisementsSeven-Up makers wanted you to know that it’s never too early to start giving your newborn baby soda. After all, it’s so ‘pure and wholesome’. Loaded with sugar and now high-fructose corn syrup, soda companies have recently started to dodge cancer warning labels due to the extreme toxicity of the ingredients they use. When given to toddlers, the effects can be even more detrimental on their developing bodies.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail Weight Loss Ads and More Insane Corporate AdvertisementsGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • Richard

    Actually, of all of the sodas, 7 UP has the fewest chemicals added to it. It also is not owned by Coca Cola or Pepsi… go figure. Watch out for the diet drinks that contain Aspertame, it truly is poisonous.

    • GMO Avoider

      Well 7UP is toxic garbage as well, the ingredients in the American 7 UP contains toxic high fructose corn syrup, comes in leaching plastic bottles or aluminum leaching cans.

  • Joe Dunn

    The more we get into the rat race the more we like the way the AMish live. Just give me a farm and a river to go water skiing and kayaking and a beach to surf fish and just sit alongside the water and cool off and see nice looking women walk by and I'll be happy. There is no greater stress and destruction than having to drive around a beltway with people going 80 mph. They are in a rat race to nowhere. Settle down and learn a trade, but stay away from the cities.

    • Guest Person

      It's easy to mouth platitudes. The Amish way of life is backbreaking labor with NO entertainment. You have no time, let alone energy, to go water skiing, kayaking, surf fishing or just sitting- anywhere. Try it for a while & see how long you last.

  • Anonymous

    Not much difference than today's propaganda at all!

    • Chip

      There's an ad on this page right now that says, "Lose weight without dieting."