Revival of the fattest marks Lambert Day
Two centuries ago a man like Daniel Lambert would have been revered for his rotund physique.
Today, he would no doubt be the butt of people's jokes, but he is still seen as a local hero.
Matthew Cook, eight, of Whetstone, with a life-size Lambert, a padded Trevor Peake
Lambert, once dubbed Britain's fattest man, lived in Leicester and weighed a colossal 52 stones when he died suddenly200 years ago, aged just 39.
Yesterday saw more than 800 people turn out for Daniel Lambert Day at Leicester's Newarke Houses Museum, which hosts a permanent exhibition of his life.
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During the anniversary event, children dressed up as the famous fat man using replicas of his clothes.
Museum spokeswoman Stefanie Tyler-Divine said: "A lot of people were having some fun dressing up in replica outfits.
"He was a really large man so some of his clothes dwarfed the people who were trying them on.
"People were shocked at how large his chair is and just how big he was.
"He's a strange character because we all kind of celebrate him, but if he was around today people would laugh at him."
Although it would be hard to find someone as fat as Lambert in Leicestershire today, more and more people are becoming obese.
In the past five years, the number of obese patients seen by Leicester's hospitals has soared from 21 a year to nearly 120.
Around 200 gastric band and bypass operations are carried out each year in the county and XXXXL Gowns – wider than they are tall – are now being kept for patients weighing more than 25 stone.
Leicester's hospitals have about 200 of the garments – 100 at the Infirmary and 50 each at the Glenfield and General hospitals.