I know what you're saying. I myself eat well but stay chubby/fat because of a thyroid thing. But this is a cartoon where things are simplified (and they did have that episode about Arthur "gaining weight" where the whole thing was basically saying "healthy food + exercise = skinny, junk food + sitting = fat"). It could also just be the case for Ratburn.
In the episode where Mr. Ratburn's class meets their doppelgangers, Arthur's is named Chester. It's a reference to President Chester A. Arthur.
Francine's overreactions to Arthur being mean to his sister make sense if you realize that she's the younger sister in the family and Catherine can be distant.
At first glance, the main title sequence with Brain dangling his feet in the pool doesn't seem to make sense since a season two episode established that Brain is pathologically afraid of water. However, his fear of water might explain why Brain then mistakes Mr. Ratburn for a shark and has such a frightened reaction.
In the episode "Meet Binky" the kids meet the Finnish band Binky who turn out to be holograms. We do see them in the background from time to time, meaning the holograms are based on real people.
The episode "Arthur's Lost Dog" is about Pal running off, trying to get a balloon for Baby Kate. It's an Early Installment Weirdness for the future Pal and Kate episodes, since it doesn't include Animal Talk.
While Brain was definitely holding the Idiot Ball in "War of the Worms", his sudden belief in the giant worm invasion hoax set up by Fern and Binky actually makes sense due to a Call Back. He admitted in the early episode "Arthur's Big Sleepover" that the thing that scared him the most (at least at the time) was a film called Navy Versus The Nightcrawler-which was, of course, about a giant worm invading.
More Brain Brilliance: the season one episode "Arthur's Spelling Trubble" features a spelling bee in which Brain misspells the word fear. At first it seems like nerves caused him to misspell such an easy word, but he may have purposefully misspelled it to get off of the stage and out of the spotlight.
The premiere episode of Season 18 is about Muffy's search for her imaginary friend. In the course of the episode, Muffy dreams about going on a quest to find that friend, complete with a Shout-Out to The Wizard of Oz. In the course of this, she runs into a doll with features so flat they are zombie-esque. The doll's name is Pretty Penny, and her dress is covered with monetary symbols. Muffy learns that money and the things that come with it—toys, gadgets, and so forth—have conquered her imagination. Pretty Penny not only stands in as a symbol for all this, but has cost Muffy a pretty penny in terms of emotional and creative development.
In "To Eat or not to Eat" the Big Boss bars were extremely addictive and toxic, meaning that the main ingredient was basically a recreational drug. Which means it most likely caused brain damage when it was eaten...and almost every kid in the school was addicted to them...
It's also rather horrific to imagine a bunch of elementary-school age CHILDREN going through the nightmare of withdrawals.
Possibly even worse, said bars were apparently toxic to the point that their creator ran rather than eat one. And radioactive. And, as stated before, hundreds of kids were eating them nonstop. And they are probably still being eaten by some. Dear Lord....
In the episode with the Riddle Quest Game Show, Arthur lost on purpose because he was afraid he would end up being on the show forever and have to change schools. The same thing might eventually happen to Charloette!
The Brain is terrified of water...and yet one of the title cards (which is an expy of a different title card featuring Arthur) features him swimming by the audience...
Maybe he got help with his phobia since then.
Fern's a dog and like other female characters she doesn't have hair on her head, just ears. How come her mom has a full head of hair?
Fern just might have hair that's the same color as her "skin" that she keeps clipped very short; at least one fanfic goes with that premise and also includes a reference to Fern being able to dress as a boy merely by removing her bow.
Is Bionic Bunny a cartoon or a live action show? It's apparent that Dark Bunny's animated, and both take place in the same universe.
I believe in one episode (I think it's Arthur's Eyes) we see a behind the scenes of Bionic Bunny and since I think we see Willbur Rabbit take off the hat-to put his glasses on.
It's shown that, like the series'they're Expies of, have multiple adaptions including comics and games. It could be that the Bionic Bunny show is a live action adaption and Dark Bunny is a cartoon adaption. It would also kinda make sense that the kids would gravitate toward it so quickly since children would probably be more attracted to cartoons than live action.