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I thought that you may like to see an extract from chapter 5 about the way we ate in the 1940’s and 1950’s when Baby Boomers were in their infancy;
So let’s take a look at a list of foods and the amounts that people ate during the forties and up until the early 50s.
A list of the weekly (not daily) rations looked like this;
- Bacon & Ham 4 oz. (113 grammes)
- Meat ½ lb (226 grammes)
- Butter 2 oz (50grams)
- Cheese 2 oz
- Margarine 4 oz
- Cooking fat (lard) 4 oz
- Milk 3 pints. (Around 1 and ½ litres)
- Sugar 8 oz
- Preserves 1 lb a month.
- Tea 2 oz
- Eggs 1 a week.
- Sweets/Candy 12oz every four weeks
Imagine that you can only have one piece of cheese the size of a match box a week; The size of one piece of cheese to have with your biscuits for your dessert these days!
When my mother got married in 1943, the neighbours all collected their rations of dried fruit, sugar, butter and flour and pooled them and gave them to her mother to make the wedding cake!
White flour was in short supply, and brown wholemeal flour used instead. Vegetables and local fruits were in a reasonable supply because people were making an effort to grow their own.
In a PDF called European food and nutrition policies in action. Page 19. (Euro. who. Link below) the WHO said this:
“To everybody’s astonishment, when stillbirth rates or children’s weights and heights were monitored and when the disease patterns of adults were checked, it became clear that the people of Europe were often better fed during than before the Second World War.” From this report, I think that it is remarkable how much the government was taking an interest in people’s nutritional needs.
However, things were not as rosy as they seemed. Some children born in this era were suffering from malnourishment. I will discuss this in the next chapter about the 50s.
Recently, people are taking an interest in how people ate during this time because obesity was a rarity. Even doctors lost interest in the subject and people were a lot smaller in stature and girth.
For research purposes, there are not even any obesity statistics around for comparison.
Then, in the 1950s after fourteen years of this way of eating, things began to change. There was more food around, and as a result, people were getting bigger in stature as well as girth.
It may be worth noting that the so-called Baby Boomers generation, those born between 1948 and 1960 are the ones who have seen the biggest changes in history with diet. They have witnessed eating nothing but real food to eating the Frankenstein foods now being produced. And now in the 2010s, we see a vast change in health and well-being. But it is never too late to change your lifestyle, and if you are among this generation, there is still time to do something about it.