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Writer Hester Pendleton notes a new trend for thinness among young ladies of the British and American aristocracy.

"So perverted are the tastes of some persons," Pendleton wrote, "that delicacy of constitution is considered a badge of aristocracy, and daughters would feel themselves deprecated by too robust health."

Pendleton, H. (1863) Husband and Wife; or, the science of human development through inherited characteristics New York. USA. cited in Brumberg, J.J. (1988) Fasting Girls; The emergence of anorexia nervosa as a modern disease. Harvard University Press. USA.