Corpulency - don't you just love the way that word sounds, especially if you roll your Rs!
Some things never change! These ads are from around 1900 and show that even then, people were obsessed by weight and "quick fixes".
Mr F Cecil Russell of Woburn House, Store Street, Bedford Square, London had his treatment to conquer corpulency. Of course, he is keen to advise customers that it was "a pleasant and absolutely harmless treatment". It was "purely vegetable, contains no poison " … what!!!!!! Would he have admitted it even if it had???? Even in those pre-advertising standards days?!?!?
Love the alliteration.
So, for the sum of 12/- and a coupon from Weldon's Publications, corpulent readers could test the compound and judge for themselves!
Think I'll stick to salad!