1900s: Fact vs. Fashion
Women's clothing reflected the Victorian look with heavy tight-waisted dresses. The 20th century made small waists a fashion statement. It wasn't until the 21st century that we learned that they were also a measure of health. People who carry their extra body weight in the abdominal region, "apple-shaped," have a greater health risk than those who carry fat primarily in the hips and thighs, "pear-shaped."
The average life expectancy for an American woman was 48.3 years.
In 1908, heart disease officially became the #1 killer of women in the U.S. &mdash and it has remained that way ever since.
By 1910, health information became readily available through the media via six women's magazines, including McCall's, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Women's Home Companion.