Modern Living: Polysaturation Point

In Britain, 60,000 members of slimming clubs claim that collectively they shed 1,500 tons of fat a year. In West Germany, a ten-year-old Schlankheits-welle, or slimming wave, has helped cut annual per capita consumption of potatoes from 109 kilos to 92 kilos. Even in France, there has been a notable move by embonpoint watchers from the sauce-rich grande cuisine to simpler, lower-calorie meals. Throughout Europe these days, all too solid citizens refer to the latest weight-paring magazines and diets in the awed terms once reserved for three-star restaurants. They seem to have reached...

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