The fun of being a fat man

Chapter 1 - dedication

Note-I did not write this story. It was originally published in 1911 by Little Brown and Company. It was written by William Johnston and is available in the public domain. I just wanted to post it here because I thought others would get a kick out of it as much as I did. It's amazing to read and realize it was published over 100 years ago!

If you enjoy this story I would highly recommend checking out the actual book or looking it up on google books because it has some amazing illustrations by Herb Roth.

I apologize in advance for any misspellings or weird formatting issues. I'm copying and pasting this from google books and trying to fix it along the way by comparing it to the hard copy I have but this story editor is hard to use.

To All Fat Men,

Those substantial citizens, whose wives worry about their increasing weight, whose friends keep advising them to take up golf, who loathe spinach and love pie, who have never exercised and never will. But who nevertheless have managed to get a darned good time out of life and have made lots of friends while doing it, this book is cheerfully dedicated by its author,
William Johnston.

Table of Contents

I. The Happiness Of Being Fat . . 13
II. On The Advantage Of Being Fat . 22
III. About A Fat Man's Pleasures . . 39
IV. About This Reducing Business . 52
V. How To Get Fat .... 62
VI. Admitting The Drawbacks . . 75

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Hja 9 years
And for those interested, it's available for viewing and download at With illustrations.
FrecherTyp 9 years
interesting and it´s really that old ??? wow
Story Consul... 9 years
That's a gem