Balloon Belly: Literature

  • In the Discworld novel Unseen Academicals, Mr. Nutt comes Back from the Dead, feeling hungry, and eats nine pies. (That's as many as three threes! And That's Terrible!) He's a pretty small chap, and, anyway, nine pies, and as such, is described as looking like a snake that swallowed a goat.
  • In The Dresden Files, Harry pays his "spies" (fairies) in pizza. After they've violently consumed the pizza they look like this, but they return to their normal shape after a few minutes.
  • Frequently happens in a realistic manner to characters in Jacqueline Wilson books. Probably most notably in 'Girls Under Pressure' in which the protagonist dabbles with bulimia.
  • Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo: This happens to anyone who eats too much of a Filler Cracker. As Winter finds out from personal experience.
  • In Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince (and its movie version) the aviator draws a boa constrictor with an elephant inside. Since the back of the snake is the one he draws as distended, it gets mistaken for the drawing of a hat the first time he shows it to other people.
  • In Lois McMaster Bujold's Mirror Dance, Miles Vorkosigan's clone brother Mark binges on combat rations for two weeks, bringing his weight up too in a half-conscious effort to separate himself from his progenitor. Which looked alarming enough given they both are under five feet tall. And then it goes From Bad to Worse.
  • A verse by Shel Silverstein: "If I eat one more piece of pie, I'll die! If I can't have one more piece of pie, I'll die! So since it's all decided I must die, I might as well have one more piece of pie. MMMM—OOOOH—MY! Chomp—Gulp—'Bye."
  • Children classic Winnie-the-Pooh does this. Pooh eats so much he gets stuck in Rabbit's burrow.
  • Noncomedic example: According to the Zombie Survival Guide, since zombies don't digest human flesh, they can end up with distended stomachs fairly quickly.
  • Poor Stuffy Pete ends up with one after guilt-tripping himself into eating two huge Thanksgiving dinners in succession by mutually unaware benefactors in O. Henry's "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen".