Well, you know what would drive the Roman's to eccept that practice? The same kind of extreme vanity and ego we have in ourselves in America today!
The desire to look Perfectly healthy, and have a body like an Atlete, cause nothing else is good enough for our ego.
How self consuming that is! The countless hours and tons of money we spent on just ourselves and our looks.
Constantly searching for food that has the least amount of calories and fat, and yet gives us the thrill that we seek from food, no matter what the cost to our bodies for real.
Like the chemicals we are poring into ourselves and our food to make that happen.
It's a complete glorification and obsession of the body, at the expense of the real health of the body, and the heart, mind and soul.
It's a media fed frenzy! The media is constantly pouring out information like this, it's a very subtle machine! All geared to keep us purchasing it's deceitful lying version of eternal life. Take Viagra for instance! For what, it kills?!
It's refusal to accept death. And just like that country song, "Youre still gonna, still gonna die.