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
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
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
This ‘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
Seven-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.