Historical views of the body images

How have thoughts around the ‘ideal body’ changed throughout history? These images give a taste of the different ways that the human body has been viewed over time

Image research by Laura Pastorelli, captions by Chrissie Giles, adapted from Wellcome Collection.

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Food and Diet’ in January 2011 and reviewed and updated in August 2016.

Food and Diet
Education levels:
16–19, Continuing professional development