Scale-crushing fatties are not just the product of today’s modern junk foods – there have been tons of terrific fat folks down through the ages.
Obesity dates at least as far back as the time of ancient Greece, when a tyrant called Dionysius II grew so gross he ordered needles inserted in the back of his throne so he couldn’t fall asleep while seated and suffocate in his own blubber.
“There have been many rulers in the world who have been notable for their corpulence,” said Leslie Fiedler, author of Freaks.
“Examples include William the Conqueror and Louis XVIII of France. There has also been one remarkably fat Pope, Leo X, and at least one obese saint, Thomas Aquinas, once called ‘The Dumb Ox of Sicily’, who, despite his 300-odd pounds, managed to levitate in his cell.”
Pope Leo X