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"Eugenia Martinez Vallejo, la Monstrua, vestida y desnuda (called a monster)" (see related A), 1680 Juan Carreno de Miranda El Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain


During the XVIIth century, the Spanish court had a taste for the bizarre and hereditary natural rarities. The subject is six years old.  In Spanish, she is called "monstruo" or monster. In the U.S. today, individuals with this degree of obesity are not that uncommon and obesity is increasingly viewed as a "disease". 

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