The government is supplying the obese with a slimming drug Wegovy. But the ancient world was dominated by the emaciated, and the fat were extremely thin on the ground. They were therefore the subject of considerable interest.
A degree of corpulence was the sign of a rich, healthy and prosperous man.
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