A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 09, 2017
“Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks”

"Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks” is a one-line dieting saying that has been printed on many images. “Bigger snacks make bigger slacks” was printed in a 1982 newspaper. “Bigger snacks equal bigger slacks” was printed in a 1994 newspaper.

“Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks” has been cited in print since at least 2001. Authorship is unknown.

3 January 1982, The Tennessean (Nashville, TN), “Riverside Programs Can Put...,” pg. 10-E, col. 4:
DURING THE first week, all snacks are eliminated—“Bigger snacks make bigger slacks,” Rucker said. 
(Christine Rucker, Riverside’s community health educator.—ed.)

3 October 1984, Orlando (FL) Sentinel, “Program aims to shape up whole person” by Daniel D, Porter, pg. E6, col. 2:
TO help beat bad health habits, participants will be taught slogans, such as: “Bigger snacks make bigger slacks.”

25 December 1994, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), “The Funnybone,” pg. H7, col. 3:
Bigger snacks equal bigger slacks.
-- Joyce Mattingly, Eddyville, Ky.

Google Books
The Fattest Book of Fat Quotes (Ever)?
Edited by A. T. Jones
Pg. ?:
“Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks.”

22 September 2003, The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), “Losing weight pays off in upstate nurses’ diet challenge” by Amber Smith, pg. D1:
...line, such as: “Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks.”

9 January 2004, The Star Press (Muncie, IN), “Pluggers” (comic strip), pg. 6C, col. 4:
Pluggers know bigger snacks mean bigger slacks.

Google Books
Lullabies & Alibis: a novel
By Stephanie D. Lewis
Xlibris Corporation (Xlibris.com)
Pg. 72:
And my well-meaning mother won’t say, “Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks.”

Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks.
6:23 PM - 17 Mar 2008

Joanna Sutter‏
Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks.
5:02 PM - 27 Apr 2009

Becca Horner‏
Sign hanging on someones desk in the office: “Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks.” That is my new workout motivation motto.
12:48 PM - 15 May 2009

Body Image And The Mass Media
At Caldwell University
Jul 25, 2016
Catchy slogans like “A mind is a terrible thing to waste and a waist is a terrible thing to mind; A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips; Bigger snacks, bigger slacks; Burn calories not gas, and Commit to be fit” (32 Catchy Weight Loss Slogans and Taglines) convince people to become thin and muscular.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, April 09, 2017 • Permalink