Fat is not a modern phenomenon. Well before current societal obsessions with our BMI and fad dieting, with the world seemingly gripped in an obesity 'epidemic', fatness existed. It has always been with us.
Simon Topping takes you on a journey from medieval Europe through to the 18th Century, exploring written cases of the corpulent, from royalty and clergy down to the common citizen. Expect tall tales, shocking facts and exploding corpses.