Fat Distributor

"Mary Ellen Sage is using a gadget called a fat distributor."

The image appeared in the Oklahoma City Times (June 5, 1972), accompanying an article titled "Medical Gimmicks, Magic Potions Trap the Unwary." Unfortunately the article didn't elaborate on how exactly the fat distributor was supposed to work, beyond what the caption said. But I suppose it's self-evident. You rolled it over your body, and it distributed the fat!

Source: Oklahoma Historical Society

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 28, 2022
     Category: Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil | 1970s | Dieting and Weight Loss

It looks like a repurposed feet massager.
Posted by Yudith on 10/30/22 at 08:12 AM
Reminds me of a similar massager I got at a crafts fair. You would probably think most of that artist's works were all-wood toys (with large, fat wheels). After many of his customers had told him his items were best used to roll on each other, he began building some that looked like massagers.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 10/30/22 at 12:52 PM
Actually works, in a weird way. Keeping a body part rigid while you're pressing on it is an isometric exercise. Also, the way that fat cells layer makes them more susceptible to being ruptured, and they are then eliminated from the body.

Unfortunately, the effects of both are so negligible, the result is an academic calculation rather than being something you could physically measure.

Many years ago, I had a wooden moose massager (Google it, it is SFW). Absolutely the best $5 I ever spent.
Posted by Phideaux on 10/30/22 at 01:16 PM
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