The king(s) who ate too much

Few would disagree that U.S. President William Howard Taft probably consumed more than his fair share of calories throughout his lifetime. But, sheesh, at least he could hold down a good meal!

Sadly, overconsumption of rich foods was the downfall of Adolph Federick (1710-1771) King of Sweden, who died from massive digestive complications after scarfing down lobsters, caviar, sauerkraut, kippers (whole herrings split from head to tail), and champagne, topped off with 14 rounds of selma, his favorite dessert.

King Adolph was not the only king in history to gorge himself into oblivion. Henry I of England died of food poisioning after inhaling an absurd amount of lamphreys: a jawless, blood-sucking eel. Barf!


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