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Obesity in ancient times

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How common was obesity in ancient times, centuries and thousands of years ago?If you think logically, obesity should be quite rare since most people had a very active physical life because they used to do a lot of physical work and people didn't used to eat so much as people eat nowadays.Food in ancient times was also much healthier, as it wasn't processed and it hadn't so much fat, sugar and sodium as most food nowadays have(And more important food was natural).So even if the average person used to eat a lot in ancient times, most of them wouldn't end up overweight or obese due to their active physical lifestyle, as they weren't so sedentary as nowadays.


There are some exemple of obese people in ancient times.People say that the emperor Nero was very fat and Napoleon was very fat too(even if that's true).Are there another exemples as well?


Another thing, was gynecomastia also rare in ancient times as well as big breasted women as many people say that most women were flat chested in those times?




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How common was obesity in ancient times


As far as i know, among Arab men obesity considered as sign of social success. I suspect this was more common in the ancient times.



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Well, among my arab men, they don't consider obesity good. Unless making fun of fat people is good. Chubby, maybe, but obesity, no.

In the past, the highers on the social heirarchy would fat, and it was considered a trait of prestige but at the same time, a trait of gluttony.

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