Piggy's father died when he was young and instead of staying with his mother, he stays with his aunt who runs a sweet shop. For not even being a teenager, he has suffered some traumatic events in his life, and eating sweets is a way he copes with that. Eating sweets are like therapy to him, it soothes him and provides him with solace. By regularly eating sweets, he ruins his physical figure but, there is no alternative to that. Emphasizing on the fact that, this book was written in the'50s and asthma and talking about mental health, was like having sominiphobia, back then. As well as, on the account of his asthma, he is not allowed or recommended to run, swim or do any physical activity as a precaution. That ends up making him even fatter. As well as, it seems like he is from the working class as he speaks phrases like-"Them fruit" and "We was attacked", which is wrong as it should be "We were attacked" which clearly indicates the lack of education he has received. Still, he thrives on his swiftness.