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12th Jan '17 12:24:39 AM ILikeRobots
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* PlayedForLaughs with [[ChronicHeroSyndrome America]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. He's often seen [[BigEater eating copious amounts]] [[FastFoodNation of junk food]], but is shown several times to be self-conscious about his unhealthy eating habits; in one strip he's seen anxiously weighing himself, and seeing that he's gained weight, trying out several diets according to advice he receives from other countries. But according to WordOfGod, he's gaining ''muscle'' rather than fat.
30th Dec '16 3:37:52 PM BlueTangFromPixar
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* Subverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' when Harry's {{Jerkass}} cousin Dudley is forced to go on a diet after his school nurse compared his weight to that of a baby whale. The angst came more from Harry than Dudley, since Harry was forced to eat that same diet food Dudley was and his aunt and uncle were already barely feeding him as is. As a matter of fact, Petunia would purposefully give Dudley more to eat than Harry, even if it was food Dudley didn't want. Had it not been for the food Harry was getting from his friends and Mrs. Weasley, he'd have most likely starved to death that summer.

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* Subverted in In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' when Harry's {{Jerkass}} cousin Dudley is forced to go on a diet after his school nurse compared his weight to that of a baby whale. The It appears to help as he eventually joins a boxing team and by the seventh book, by which point he has [[TookALevelInKindness stopped being a bully]], he is implied to be in better shape.
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angst in ''Goblet'' came more from Harry than Dudley, since Harry was forced to eat that same diet food Dudley was and his [his aunt and uncle were already barely feeding him as is. As a matter of fact, [[KickTheDog Petunia would purposefully give Dudley more to eat than Harry, even if it was food Dudley didn't want. want]]. Had it not been for the food Harry was [[GoodSamaritan getting from his friends and Mrs. Weasley, Weasley]], [[FridgeHorror he'd have most likely starved to death that summer.summer]]. In that manner, Harry's abusive relatives are almost as bad as ''Voldemort''.
21st Dec '16 9:12:06 AM Nazetrime
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11th Dec '16 1:44:29 AM Nazetrime
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* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', getting called "kinda fat" by a young child is enough for her to pull a ParanoiaGambit on said child and its siblings. To top it off, she is currently employed by the parents of the children in question.

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* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', getting called "kinda fat" by a young child is enough for her Tuuri to pull a ParanoiaGambit on said child and its siblings. To top it off, she is currently employed by the parents of the children in question.
11th Dec '16 1:43:38 AM Nazetrime
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* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', getting called "kinda fat" by a young child is enough for her to pull a ParanoiaGambit on said child and its siblings. To top it off, she is currently employed by the parents of the children in question.
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6th Dec '16 5:17:39 AM Tightwire
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* Cosmopolitan magazine [[http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/news/robyn-lawley-swimwear ran an ad]] featuring a "plus-sized" model, who was a normal body-sized woman, and bragged that they were setting new standards. Naturally [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-posnanski/a-plea-to-cosmopolitan-ma_b_4502288.html many people]] called [[http://themetapicture.com/young-girls-develop-body-complexes/ them out]] on this, stating that calling normal-sized women 'plus' isn't helping anybody either.

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* Cosmopolitan magazine [[http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/news/robyn-lawley-swimwear ran an ad]] featuring a "plus-sized" model, who was a normal body-sized woman, and bragged smugly claimed that they were setting new standards. Naturally This - quite rightly - [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-posnanski/a-plea-to-cosmopolitan-ma_b_4502288.html angered many people]] called [[http://themetapicture.com/young-girls-develop-body-complexes/ them out]] on this, stating people]], as they pointed out that calling normal-sized perfectly normal women 'plus' isn't helping anybody either.- and in some cases, women who were ''still'' below average - a "plus" was hardly progressive.
6th Dec '16 5:11:27 AM Tightwire
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In real life, eating disorders of any kind are ''[[CaptainObvious never]]'' funny, and sufferers should seek immediate help. Media often dictates that one must be thin in order to be attractive, sometimes unrealistically so. However, eating disorders are often more complicated, involving many emotions. Frequently the sufferer feels like they have no control in their life, so obsessively controlling their eating habits and body shape becomes the solution. (The need for control may seep into [[SuperOCD other areas of a person's life]]). Sometimes the control they seek is over their emotions, in which food can be used in many ways, like replacing their inner emptiness with an empty stomach or filling the void with food. In other cases the fat represents perceived badness, and they are purifying themselves by getting rid of it. This is dangerous and can become fatal if left untreated.

In fiction, however, {{Very Special Episode}}s notwithstanding, Weight Woe is usually PlayedForLaughs, most likely because of its sensitive nature and prevalence in real life. The control aspect is often ignored, and the cause of Weight Woe is almost always solely to do with a character's physical appearance, whether the issue is genuine or perceived.

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In real life, eating disorders of any kind are ''[[CaptainObvious never]]'' funny, and sufferers should seek immediate help. Media often dictates that one must be thin in order to be attractive, sometimes unrealistically so. However, eating disorders are often more complicated, complicated than that, involving many emotions. Frequently the sufferer feels like they have no factors ranging from feelings of lack of control to loneliness to inadequacy in their life, so obsessively controlling their eating habits and body shape becomes the solution. (The need for control may seep into [[SuperOCD other areas of a person's life]]). Sometimes the control ways. Eating disorders can contribute to fatality if they seek is over their emotions, in which food can be used in many ways, like replacing their inner emptiness with an empty stomach or filling the void with food. In other cases the fat represents perceived badness, and they are purifying themselves by getting rid of it. This is dangerous and can become fatal if left untreated.

go untreated.

In fiction, however, {{Very Special Episode}}s notwithstanding, Weight Woe is usually PlayedForLaughs, most likely because of its sensitive nature and prevalence in real life. The control aspect is often ignored, and Even in a VerySpecialEpisode they are portrayed as easily treatable, with the sufferer getting over them by the end of the episode when in truth recovery can take months or years. Additionally the cause of Weight Woe is almost always solely to do with a character's physical appearance, whether the issue is genuine or perceived.
24th Nov '16 6:58:15 PM SaraJaye
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* Some of the women in ''VideoGame/RuneFactory4'' make a big fuss over their fear of gaining weight from the Eating Contest event, even though all of them are fairly slender and are never ''shown'' to gain weight. If you play as a male protagonist, Nancy has to remind you that women are always going to obsess over their weight so it's best not to ask questions.
* Subverted with Sully in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. Her supports with the Avatar have her upset that she gained weight, but only because in doing so she decreased her muscle mass, which could badly affect her performance on the battlefield.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''/''Platinum'', a woman named Julia hands out ribbons to the player if they choose words to fill in certain sentences based on feelings. Wednesday's theme is sadness, and she's upset because she gained some weight and a favorite dress of hers no longer fits right.
17th Nov '16 12:25:32 PM Pamina
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* Patti Mayonnaise in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' when she overhears Doug commenting on her weight (he was actually referring to a homemade vehicle he was making).
** In a Nickelodeon episode "Doug Tips The Scales", Doug had gained weight while on vacation at his grandma's and tried to slim down before Beebee Bluff's pool party.

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* Patti Mayonnaise in an episode Two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' when she overhears have this theme:
** In the Nickelodeon episode "Doug Tips The Scales",
Doug commenting on her gains weight (he was actually referring while on vacation at his grandma's and tries to a homemade vehicle he was making).slim down before Beebee Bluff's pool party.
** In a Nickelodeon the Disney episode "Doug Tips The Scales", Doug had gained "Doug's Chubby Buddy," Patti Mayonnaise becomes obsessed with weight while loss after she overhears Doug commenting on vacation at his grandma's and tried her weight (he was actually referring to slim down before Beebee Bluff's pool party.a homemade vehicle he was making).
22nd Oct '16 5:03:26 PM SaraJaye
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* In Creator/CatherineAnderson's ''Sweet Nothings'', heroine Molly hates her full-figured build, mainly due to her ex-husband constantly telling her how fat and ugly she was. She diets religiously, checking food labels, counting calories, her habits spilling over into the way she cooks for the men on Jake's ranch. The problem isn't solved by Molly losing weight, but learning to accept her body for what it is.
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