By the mid-1700s, fatties were singled out for special attention by the public, especially in places like Italy and England. They waddled their way into carnivals and freak shows and audiences loved every pound of them, Fiedler says.
One of the most famous fat freaks of the past was Daniel Lambert, the Jolly Giant of England, who weighed in at about 739 pounds. He measured 3 yards, 4 inches around his magnificent middle and 1 yard, 1 inch around the leg. He died, appropriately enough, of “fatty degeneration of the heart”.