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The scientific literature generally claims that overweight and obesity have exploded over the last twenty or thirty years, usually pointing to what would appear to be quite low levels of Western overweight and obesity during the 1960s and even 1970s. And yet, when it comes to demonstrating how ‘modern Western lifestyles’ have changed (and, therefore, caused rapid rises in body weight) scientists rarely look closely at Western life during the 1950s or any other period from the relatively recent past when, at least according to the contemporary scientific literature, overweight and obesity were not the catastrophic problems they are today.