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Lean times: why was it easier to lose weight in the 80s?

The 80s, a time when just putting on a Lycra outfit could help you shed pounds. Photograph: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

It may be the final straw that kicks off intergenerational war. Hard-pressed millennials already resent their parents’ generation for their free university education, generous pensions, higher employment rates and ownership of mansions they bought for £18.50. Now it turns out baby boomers even had it easier when it came to …

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