The History of Obesity

Obesity is simply fatness in a degree higher than being overweight.

Obesity has quite an impact in one’s physical health that many degenerative diseases are directly and indirectly linked to obesity as observed in the history of obesity.

Ancient Egyptians are said to consider obesity as a disease, having been drawn in a wall of depicted illnesses.

Perhaps the most famous and earliest evidence of obesity is the Venus figurines, statuettes of an obese female torso that probably had a major role in rituals.

They have always been a believer of prevention as a key to longevity.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was aware of sudden deaths being more common among obese men than lean ones as stated in his writings.

In certain cultures and areas where food is scarce and poverty is prevalent obesity is viewed as a symbol of wealth and social status.

Before a wedding can be set, a slim bride is pampered to gain weight until she reaches the suitable weight.

It was regarded as unfashionable by the French designer, Paul Poiret who designed skin-revealing clothes for women.

This was preceded by a study of risk factors of cardiovascular diseases revealing obesity among the high ranks.

Since then various diet and exercise programs have emerged.

This statistical calculation and index determined if a person is obese or not.

At this time, obesity incidence have soared, led by children and adolescent obesity, tripling in just a few short years, greater than any number in the history of obesity.

Released in 2004, Super Size Me was written, produced and directed by American independent filmmaker, Martin Spurlock in an exploration of the prevalence of obesity in the USA.

He documented 30 days of his life in an experiment of eating only McDonald’s food with completely no exercise.

It was later followed by several other documentaries and a few changes in the McDonald’s menu.

Leave a Reply