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Weird History

Health Issues Throughout History That Made People Think You Were Rich

Sometimes it feels like the rich get the best of everything: better cars, clothes, food - but do they get better diseases? While money can't buy everything, like a flattering royal portrait, it turns out that at certain points in history, the rich have had different afflictions than the people of lower-status classes. Differences in diet, genetics, and lifestyle have all contributed to a higher incidence of certain illnesses. For example, gout was so identified with the upper class it was called "the rich man's disease."

These diseases reach back to ancient Egypt and continue to this day. Some are the result of self-control issues and overindulgence, while others are caused by royal inbreeding or trends and fashion, but they all disproportionately affect the wealthy.

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