Saturday, July 03, 2010

Everything Old Is New Again

There are times weight gain is desirable. I often think of medical reasons; I shouldn't discount cosmetic reasons. I remember seeing these ads for Wate-On in the back of comic books when I was growing up (click to enlarge):





Here's a modern version:
"Eat well and live healthfully, and you could become 'Model of the Year!'"
- Ensure

If products like Wate-On and Ensure help you gain weight, what could this say about weight loss?

Here are the first few ingredients in Super Wate-On Liquid Strawberry Dietary Supplement:
  • Hydrogenated Stabilized Soybean Oil
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Polyoxyethylene 20 Sorbitan Monolaurate
  • Sorbitan Monostearate
  • Xanthan Gum
Here are the first few ingredients in Ensure Strawberries & Cream Nutritional Supplement:
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Corn maltodextrin
  • Milk protein concentrate
  • Soy oil
  • Soy protein concentrate
  • Short-chain fructooligosaccharides
  • Canola oil
  • Corn oil
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Eva Six from Myrmecos Blog.
Linda Peck from David DiDalvo of True/Slant, where I started thinking about this.
Dashing Couple from Pops Gustav's Blog, who also remembers the comic books!

6 comments:

Dr. Mel said...

Oh, those ads are priceless! I remember them well, always having been a skinny little kid & wishing I were more curvacious. Too funny! But the comparison of ingredients is quite interesting!
Also remember similar ads aimed at boys--"Tired of being a 98 pound weaking? Tired of people kicking sand in your face at the beach?"

virginia said...

I weighed 87b lbs, at 5'3", when I was eleven. My PE classmates congratulated me when I hit 105 (I was twelve).

Yes, I remember those ads. Below, one ingredient (thank you, Google):

Propylene Glycol

A cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze. In the skin and hair, propylene glycol works as a humectant, which causes retention of moisture content of skin or cosmetic products by preventing the escape of moisture or water. The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

Bix said...

Wate-On also contains parabens.

Perovskia said...

Ha. If we're not too skinny then we're too fat. Can't win for losin'.

There's that dreaded corn again. And I'm not even going to ask what.. *tries saying it slowly*... short-chain fructoo-lklkjsfkjlksflksfk-things I can't pronounce.

That's not usually a good sign.

Bix said...

LOL. No, not a good sign.

Anonymous said...

"Propylene Glycol
A cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze. In the skin and hair, propylene glycol works as a humectant, which causes retention of moisture content of skin or cosmetic products by preventing the escape of moisture or water. The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage."
July 4, 2010 9:31 PM


So, what happens in a person's body when their skin can't sweat properly? Our skin breathes in and out. It rids our bodies of certain wastes and cools us. Anti-perspirants and humectants applied to the skin are acting against the body's natural function. It would be like taking the digestive enzymes out of your stomach.

Speaking of blocking a function of the body: I painted my toenails this morning.