Archive for The Human Body

Obesity in Historical Context

We recently ran across an interesting blog post that got us thinking about just how un-shocking obesity has become.

The man pictured in the photo is Chauncy Morlan (1869-1906), who was so “freakish” in his fatness that he toured the world with Barnum & Bailey’s circus.

In his blog on, economist Tyler Cowen writes: “What would the circus goers of 1890 have thought if they were told that in the America of 2010 Chauncy Morlan would be unremarkable?”

Granted, the picture probably doesn’t do poor Chauncy justice and he was more than likely an enormous spectacle to behold, even by today’s standards.

But we tend to agree that this “type” of person has become a fairly regular sighting (at least here in the US and, from what we hear, worldwide).

One of the comments to Tyler’s posts was spot on in its cynicism, and it made us chuckle: “Actually, this is why I go to the pizza buffett, to see these people. The admission is $5, and after that they give you free pizza.”


Snap, Crackle, Pop!

Recently, a particularly tough training day left our bodies the cracking and popping audibly (and somewhat disconcertingly) throughout the following day.  It was then and only then that we finally decided to read up on the subject.

Lucky for us, Steven Low over at Eat.Move.Improve has us covered with a fine article devoted specifically to the topic: “Cracking and Popping and Clicking — Oh My!

Turns out that a little cavitation is perfectly normal, and probably just indicates that we did a good job of opening up those joints and creating some flexibility in our range of motion.