Chubby Friar Tuck a Reality?

Were medieval monks the jolly, chubby souls of popular fiction?

A new study of skeletons in monastic burial sites in London by archaeologist Philippa Patrick, presented at the International Medieval Congress meeting in Leeds, shows that 13th century Cluniac friars ''were taking in about 6000 calories a day, and 4500 even when they were fasting,'' resulting in serious obesity.