In fiction, getting really fat or really muscular will increase your height. This is done to exaggerate how big the character is or just because it makes the character easier to draw. Of course, in Real Life
, you have a set adult height (unless you have some sudden growth disorder) and no amount of weight gain will increase it.
Compare: Balloon Belly
Anime and Manga
- Stocking ends up gaining so much weight in one episode of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt that she stands about 20 feet tall. She's so fat that Panty—aside from taking a moment to laugh at her—runs on top of Stocking while kalinka dancing to travel around the city on her like a giant ball.
- A rather extreme example in One Piece. Usopp is initially 174 cm, and he gets sent to an island where he meets Heracles who seems to be almost twice his height. Usopp feasts on the food of the island and becomes very obese. He also suddenly is twice Heracles' height. There may be some Your Size May Vary involved (which Oda tends to do with his very short and very tall characters), but still, Usopp should have grown to well over 5 meters. And yes, when he loses all that weight, he becomes his former height again.
- In DP7, after the White Event, David Landers puts on a huge amount of muscle and height, which hurts him whenever he has a growth spurt.
- In Disney's Hercules, the eponymous character starts off scrawny looking and is shown to be short or about the same height as those around him. When he gained muscle mass, suddenly he was taller than almost every other character in the movie. This is justified by the fact that Hercules was about 14 when he started training and nearly 18 when he concluded it.
- In Captain America: The First Avenger, the supersoldier serum makes Steve Rogers taller as well as more muscular. Possibly this is the main cause of his agonised screams during the process.
- In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Mayor Shelbourne was a rather small looking guy when he was first introduced. After gorging himself on the food created by Flint Lockwood's FLDSMDFR, he becomes super fat and grows several times his normal height.
- Overlord: Halflings are typically quite short, but the tremendously fat Melvin Underbelly is also taller than the Overlord!
- Justified in Quantum Vibe, Seamus's obesity and gigantism are both caused by a botched Longevity Treatment. And even after he has his metabolism stabilized and drops 117 kilos he is still more than 2.3 meters tall.
- In episode 9 of Johnny Bravo, Jumbo Johnny, Johnny impatiently downs an entire months supply of a muscle building supplement to bulk up and wakes up morbidly obese the next morning. He's clearly taller than he normally is, but it isn't until he drinks one more can that he grows into a stories tall blubbery giant.
- In Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "Sumo Kaz", Kaz, Ami and Yumi get super fat and grow several times their height.
- On Jackie Chan Adventures, when Jade turns into T-Girl she gains muscle all over her body, but only her upper body gets taller while her lower body stays the same height.
- In the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Frenchfry", Lilo, Stitch and Pleakley get taller as they're fattened up. Averted with Gantu, as he's really tall to begin with.
- In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode, "Musta Been a Beautiful Baby", Tails balloons up after eating a ton of instant food powder and washing it down with water. Not only does he become bloated, he becomes huge in height, too.
- The second claymation short shown before the Mr. Bogus episode "Computer Intruder" had Bogus come across a container full of dehydrated food tablets and a vial of water used for the re-hydration process. After experimenting with one of the tablets, he eats all of the tablets and drinks the entire vial of water, which in turn causes him to become massively bloated within seconds.
- In the South Park episode "Weight Gain 4000", Cartman starts drinking the eponymous energy drink, thinking he would buff up. By the time Kathy Lee Gifford comes to town, Cartman is so fat that he's almost a head taller than the other boys◊. An alternate depiction of this scene in the Clip Show spoof "City on the Edge of Forever" shows a muscular Cartman that still manages to appear taller than he usually is◊.
- In a Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons, Homer eats and eats and eats and eats, eventually growing to the size of a small building. This is because he ate an alien Blob Monster and became one.
- Justified in the episode "Grande Size Me" of Kim Possible. At first Ron's weight gain is portrayed realistically, he just grows a Balloon Belly with all the consequences of being unhealthy. After he falls into a vat if Mutagenic Goo however, he loses all apparent health issues and grows taller as he gains weight. Turns out the stuff was a failed Super Serum that only worked when subjects ate extremely unhealthy food, and even then the results were undesired. This leads to a parody And Knowing Is Half the Battle stinger where Ron warns the dangers of exposure to mutagenic substances to the audience, to the confusion of onlookers.