#21 Getting Fat Wasn’t Allowed In 14th Century England
In 1336, King Edward III of England passed a law prohibiting people from eating 3-course meals. The rationale behind the law was that obesity made people poor and pushed them towards crime. However, one could enjoy hearty meals on pious occasions.
The prohibition on eating 3-course meals also helped the king to bring back the obese army in shape. Analysing the remarkable progress made by the new law, soups were declared as a separate course and not just condiments to enhance the intensity of the law.