From Side Show Circus Freak to Walmart: Obesity Through the Ages
Back in the day if you wanted to see someone extremely fat you would have to go to a side show and pay to ogle at their largeness. These days? Just go to a McDonalds or Walmart, no cost of admission required.
“This is Chauncy Morlan, and around 100 years ago his obesity was so shocking that people would pay money to see him as he toured the country as a circus “fat man”. I find the unremarkableness of his size to be a telling sign of how we’ve pushed the limits of obesity in the past 100 years.”