->''"What do you get when you guzzle down sweets?\\
Eating as much as an elephant eats.\\
What are you at, getting terribly fat?\\
What do you think will come of that?\\
I don't like the look of it."''
-->-- ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' (1971)

Our protagonists may be seen eating junk food whenever they can ([[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory some]][[Literature/TheCandyShopWar times]] being integral to the plot), but no one's really raised a big stink about it, right?

In comes this {{Stock Aesop|s}}, which does its damnedest to demonize [[NutritionalNightmare too much junk food]] and glorifies exercise. Generally, it involves one or more characters getting hooked on some sort of junk food, making their health deteriorate badly and expanding their waistline. Usually, the rest of the group (if it's one person addicted) or the sole outlier (if the whole group's addicted) will have to get things back to normal.

This won't stop the writers from [[AesopAmnesia having the protagonists eating more junk food in the next episode]], though. After all, StatusQuoIsGod.

These morals tend to get heavy-handed which, combined with their increasing frequency since the TurnOfTheMillennium, can quickly make them the bane of viewers. In all fairness, though, many children in developed countries ''have'' been getting heavier to the point of obesity in recent years (as have many adults, for that matter), so obviously the higher-ups want to tell people about it.

One scary if somewhat silly way to present this aesop that sometimes shows up in horror, sci-fi and fantasy works is to show that fatter humans are more desirable prey for [[ToServeMan people-eating monsters and aliens]]. It moves the aesop into much darker territory, but the message can easily get lost because being eaten by a Martian [[SpaceWhaleAesop isn't likely to happen to any audience member]].

Compare IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou and NutritionalNightmare.

Contrast BalloonBelly and FatComicRelief (which are about fat people PlayedForLaughs) and {{Acrofatic}} (which is about fat people that can achieve impressive physical feats despite their weight). See also DietEpisode.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' has an episode entitled "Fitness Fiend", which has Dedede obtaining potato chips designed to be ''very'' addictive and to cause the consumer to increase in size by a great deal. Unfortunately, ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard he]]'' ends up falling victim to their effect, along with Kirby, forcing him and Kirby to lose the weight with the monster Max Flexer (granted, that was their original goal, minus Dedede also being forced to).
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has a DietEpisode in which a trainer's Chespin [[BigEater spends almost all its screen-time eating]], mostly behind his back. Consequently, the Chespin gains so much weight that it can't put up a fight.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has "The Diet Syndrome", where after eating endless sweets to her heart's content without fear of gaining weight, Stocking goes on a diet and exercise frenzy when she finds she's gotten heavier. After becoming inhumanly obese, Stocking discovers that her desserts have been tainted by the powers of a ghost, and only returns to her normal self after the ghost is destroyed. Stocking then returns to her sweets, choosing not to sweat over a little extra weight.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' can be interpreted to have one of these, though the filmmakers claim [[AccidentalAesop it was accidental]] and the real Aesop is more of a warning against over-consumerism.
* In ''Film/OsmosisJones'', Frank is shown as having a very unhealthy lifestyle despite the constant urging of his daughter to shape up. He finally begins to take his health seriously after a brush with death.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This is basically the point of the film ''Film/SuperSizeMe'', where Morgan Spurlock goes on a UsefulNotes/McDonalds diet for a month. Needless to say, it doesn't turn out well for him.[[note]] Please note that since ''Super-Size Me'' came out, serious academic studies have had subjects do this in an attempt to replicate Spurlock's results. NONE of them have been able to do so. This makes Spurlock himself an UnreliableNarrator.[[/note]]

* ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears and Too Much Junk Food'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin all the Bears save Mama end up eating too much junk food, and it takes a visit to the doctor to ScareEmStraight. Ironically, some people have noted that said junk food is [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing highly colorful]] [[FoodPorn and delectable]].
* Augustus Gloop, of ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', may count, thanks to his unfavorable portrayal.
* The ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' novel ''Attack of the Jack-O'Lanterns'' presents this in SpaceWhaleAesop format. Near the end the [[ToServeMan man-eating aliens]] warn the kids not to eat too much candy, or they'll end up as dessert some day.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Used in a throwaway scene in ''Series/StargateSG1'' season 6. As the season begins, alien refugee Jonas Quinn is shown eating in nearly every scene at the SGC. He later mentions to Carter that he's really gotten into this "traditional all-American food". Carter points out to him that America has another tradition: hardened arteries. This aspect of Jonas' character was quietly dropped after that.
* In an episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', Tommy lectures a student of his about healthy eating. This inspires Rita to shrink down the MonsterOfTheWeek and literally gets it inside Tommy's stomach -- causing Tommy to constantly crave junk food to a ridiculous extreme, even stealing food off of other people's tables.
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' has an episode called "Food for Thought", in which Raven's school becomes a food court full of junk food (which is at least partly TruthInTelevision, sadly) and Raven and Chelsea try to stop it.
-->'''Raven:''' Put down the pies! Do not maximize! You got to exercise, or the scale will rise and so will your thighs!\\
'''Eddie:''' Now who wants some fries?
* Robin and Barney's relationship in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has shades of this at one point, though it's mostly about how the relationship is making them unhealthy than it is about how junk food and/or fatty foods are bad for you.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Consumption of high fructose corn syrup and burgers in [[Recap/SupernaturalS07E09HowToWinFriendsAndInfluenceMonsters "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters"]] are shown to have [[SpaceWhaleAesop supernaturally bad consequences]]: we'll all become cattle to extradimensional primordial monsters!
** Discussed in [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E01IThinkImGonnaLikeItHere "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here"]]. This is the first time Death appears in an episode without eating junk food. In [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E21TwoMinutesToMidnight "Two Minutes to Midnight" (S05, Ep21)]], he eats Chicago style pizza. In [[Recap/SupernaturalS06E11AppointmentInSamarra "Appointment In Samarra" (S06, Ep11)]], Death eats a bacon dog. In [[Recap/SupernaturalS07E01MeetTheNewBoss "Meet The New Boss" (S07, Ep01)]], he eats pickle chips. Death's association with junk food is still referenced when Ezekiel as Dean mentions that he would have brought cronuts, but didn't have the time.
* Some younger teenage tropers may remember watching Series/LazyTown as a kid, a show BASED on this trope.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv'', [[MemeticMutation Light takes the potato chips...]] and throws them out because that fat will go straight to his thighs.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} Gets Fit'' is about Arthur freaking out over becoming "husky" ([[InformedDeformity despite not looking any fatter than usual]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' had the episode "Just Desserts!" in which Timmy wishes that it was dessert all the time. By day 28 of the wish everyone is severely obese and gets to the point of rolling around. The extra weight causes the Earth to tilt on its axis and spin towards the sun. [[ArtisticLicensePhysics Somehow]].
* ''WesternAnimation/JoJosCircus'' has characters called the Spudinskis who were anthropomorphic ''potatoes''. In one installment, they became ''literal'' couch potatoes, stuck to their couch, and had to be encouraged to exercise.
* ExecutiveMeddling forced this upon the writers of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', and that's how we got [[ShoutOut "Grande Size Me"]] (complete with not so subtle LampshadeHanging).
* The [[MonsterOfTheWeek Germ of the Week]] on one episode of ''WesternAnimation/OzzyAndDrix'' kidnapped fat cells to Hector's heart to try and give him a heart attack. Hector throws a SpannerInTheWorks when he goes for a run.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' features an episode with a B-plot about Jake becoming lazy and complacent during a period of little magical activity. He quickly begins gorging on junk food and ends up becoming extremely overweight, to the point that even the villains are commenting on his much larger size.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' did this twice.
** The first time, in the original Nickelodeon run, Doug spends a week at his grandma's and comes back noticeably heavier. He works hard over the next few weeks to lose the weight, and succeeds, but is depressed because he still looks pudgy. He is somewhat reassured when Judy reminds him that he's always had a pudge.
** One episode of the Disney run was a VerySpecialEpisode where Patty becomes terrified of this happening to her (to the point that she envisions "fat monsters" chasing girls down the running track and [[BuffySpeak fatifying]] any girl they catch), and starts to develop anorexia. Her friends are able to snap her out of it before she gets too bad.
* An early example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'' episode "A Sweet Joke on Gotham" where Robin goes undercover to infiltrate Sweet Tooth's gang of teenagers. A plot point is made of how unfit and ill he becomes from living on Sweet Tooth's diet of sweets.
* "The Greedy" from ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure''. But, of course, he lives at the bottom of a dark pit and is actually ''[[ITasteDelicious made]]'' [[ITasteDelicious of desserts]], so what else is he supposed to eat?
* {{Subverted}} in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' in which Brandon and Jason become overweight from overindulgence in junk food and decide they've become "fat enablers"; when they're apart they [[FormerlyFat drop the weight just fine]], but when they spend time together they revert to their old overindulging ways. {{Subverted}} because at the end of the episode they decide that their friendship is more important to them than their weight, they rope Melissa into joining them to become morbidly obese, and they make a series of movie parodies like "Fat Club." [[SnapBack Then they're back to normal in the next episode.]]
* {{Defied}} in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld''. King Koopa opens a fast food restaurant and the cave people become hooked on their food. Only Mario, Luigi and Yoshi are shown to have gained weight, then the episode turns into a SpaceWhaleAesop where the victims of Koopa's food turn into Chickadactyls.
* "Grande Size Me" from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is a pretty blatant case of this, in which Ron goes on a diet comprised exclusively of food from the Bueno Nacho to prove they are not unhealthy even as Kim tries to talk sense into him. After being exposed to a sinister weight gain formula, Ron mutates into an obese Hulk-esque monster who Kim can only defeat by feeding healthy foods.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "[[Recap/TheBoondocksS1E10TheItis The Itis]]" is about [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ed Wuncler I]] helping Robert Freeman with starting a new restaurant called The Itis. The Itis, which serves extremely unhealthy soul food, causes the surrounding neighborhood to turn into a slum plagued by obesity, poverty, and crime.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** One episode has the town declared as the fattest town in America. This greatly concerns Marge and she manages to convince other people to enforce a ban on sugar so that everyone can start eating healthier. Naturally, people resist to the point of smuggling sugar prohibition style. StatusQuoIsGod kicks in at the end where Marge eventually gives up and lets people indulge in their sugar cravings.
** Zig-zagged in one episode where Homer purposely gains weight to the point of weighing over 300 pounds because it would make him legally disabled, thus he can work from home and never have to physically go to work. A moment later, he gets a warning from the power plant that there will be a meltdown if the problem is not taken care of right now. Homer races to the source and winds up plugging up the hole with his enlarged rear, which somehow stops the threat. Homer realizes that if he had not gained weight, he would have fallen to his death. Homer then decides he has to lose weight so Marge would not be turned off by his body anymore. Mr. Burns tries to get Homer to exercise, but gives up after seeing Homer is too fat to do a proper sit up and decides to just get him liposuction.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'': In "Girlie Boys", Caitlin learns the hard way to never eat too much chocolate before trying on jeans.