How charming. This is from back when people didn't say they were on a diet, they said that they wanted to "reduce." Tab cola was sort-of a new thing...and being overweight was equated with being "jolly."
Toady, a woman carrying a few extra pounds a'la Anita Ekberg is the equivalent of having the the plague. That's why I dress like an Amish woman, covered from head to toe...there's less to obsess about.