As a youth, I was outdoors most of the day when not in the classroom. People walked places; they took a bus to work. Automobiles were one to a family, if that.
There was no remote control – if you wanted to change the channel, you had to get up.
But TV didn’t occupy that much of our life anyway. Maybe a couple of hours a day at most.
I remember that most adults were, if not thin, of normal weight and proportions.
Many men were described as “wirery”, which meant lean and strong, like Gary Cooper’s character in “High Noon.”
Women worked physically hard in caring for the home. Clothes were hung on a clothes line for drying.
Men, most of whom were blue collar, worked at jobs that kept them physically active as well.
At the beach, most people looked in good shape and teenagers were often skinny and concerned about putting some weight on.
Our diet was different too. Food was more expensive, as a percent of income, and people did not eat to pleasure themselves in the way they do today.