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Nutritional Nightmare

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Dr. Nick: [points to a chart] You'll want to focus on the neglected food groups such as the whipped group, the congealed group, and the chocotastic!
Homer: What can I do to speed the whole thing up, Doctor?
Nick: Well... be creative. Instead of making sandwiches with bread, use Pop-Tarts. Instead of chewing gum, chew bacon, heh...
Dr. Nick (teaching Homer how to become obese), The Simpsons, "King-Size Homer"

We all know what is generally considered unhealthy food: hamburgers, chips, fries, donuts, pizza, bacon, pancakes, and so on. All the fats, oils, and sweets that reside in the top section of the food pyramid.

However, unhealthy food can be taken Up to Eleven when the unhealthy product itself can be so unhealthy that it is almost lethal to eat such a product. Some examples include ice cream made out of butter instead of milk or a cheeseburger with fried chicken breasts for buns. Despite being so unhealthy, nutritional nightmares can be very delicious and it might even cause a Delicious Distraction (or not). Nutritional nightmares are usually seen in comedies. Often the result of a food Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot.

Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs is a subtrope of this regarding very unhealthy (and very sugary) cereals, and Deep-Fried Whatever for already unhealthy things soaked in boiling oil. Compare Big Eater, Delicious Distraction, A Weighty Aesop, Alien Lunch, and Food Porn (this trope is probably the equivalent of Fan Disservice for the last one). Inverse of If It Tastes Bad, It Must Be Good for You. Not to be confused with the more literal Acid Reflux Nightmare.


For a similar trope dealing with extremely potent alcoholic beverages, see Gargle Blaster.

If you want to make this trope even unhealthier, sprinkle it with some sugary examples and grill it over a Flame War.


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    Anime & Manga 

  • Many a Jim Gaffigan routine is dedicated to him discussing his love of unhealthy foods, including a routine on his love of bacon and another on cake. In one routine, he openly admits to enjoying eating unhealthily. (Although that same skit has him go on to discuss Domino's pasta bread bowl, which he lambastes as being so unhealthy that even he doesn't want to touch it.)
  • Patton Oswalt's infamous routine about the Black Angus Steakhouse. It may qualify as Food Gorn.
    • Since KFC's Famous Bowls are basically all of their other offerings, chopped up and thrown into a bowl, they may or may not qualify for this trope on their own, and Oswalt's take on them is an entirely different kind of Nutritional Nightmare. But then. KFC came out with the Double Down (see the Real Life section for more information), and he concluded that it was specifically created as a challenge to him. And don't get him started on the Mega-Leg.
  • Bill Cosby has his famous routine "Chocolate Cake for Breakfast," based on a real incident in which his wife demanded that he cook breakfast for their children. Not knowing what to serve the kids, he gives his youngest daughter the first thing she asks for—chocolate cake. Cosby rationalizes this by pointing out that cakes are made of eggs, flour, and milk, which are all nutritious. This goes on until his wife discovers what he'd done and sends him to his room... which is where he wanted to be in the first place.
  • From Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy:
    Danny: I think you can tell a lot about a country by what they have for breakfast. The Scottish breakfast is basically everything in the fridge at that time: Bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, chips, burgers, crisps... bring out your dead, we'll have it! As long as it's deep-fried. It's our way of saying to the rest of the world, "It doesn't matter what you do to us today. It won't be nearly as bad as what we've just done to ourselves!"

    Comic Books 
  • Although its nutrition information is not disclosed, one imagines that the food available at someplace called "Big Belly Burger" to be far from the epitome of health.
  • Post-Crisis, Wally West had to consume vast quantities of food to exert his super-speed. This often led to fairly grotesque piles of food on his dinner table.
  • Characters in Asterix occasionally indulge in this. Special mention goes to a Roman orgy, where the guests delight in deep-fried innards served with honey, among other things. Their cook reacts with disgust when asked to prepare a simple vegetable soup.
  • Two examples occur in The Simpsons:
    • The donuts Mr. Burns provides at the nuclear plant are genetically engineered to be addictive and have no nutritional value at all.
    • Springfield Cafeteria is shown serving meals such as Cream of Lard, which most of the kids don't buy since Nelson steals their lunch money. When Nelson loses the energy to do that, most of the students become quickly obese after eating such food on a daily basis.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs, which Calvin sometimes makes even more disgustingly unhealthy by adding soda instead of milk or scooping spoonfuls of sugar into the cereal.
      Calvin: They're crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and they don't have a single natural ingredient or essential vitamin to get in the way of that rich fudgy taste!
    • There's apparently a second version of the cereal that adds marshmallows to it, but Mom refuses to buy those for him.
    • In one strip, Hobbes complains about how unhealthy they are, comparing them to eating a bowl of Milk Duds, and Calvin refutes that the company says they're part of a "balanced breakfast" as shown on the box. Said breakfast consists of a dozen bran muffins, piles of fruit, etc.
  • This Garfield strip had Garfield eat a slice of toast with a whole stick of butter on it, much to Jon's disgust.
  • The Dagwood Sandwich from Blondie is probably the Ur-Example.
  • In one Frumpy the Clown strip, Frumpy was so irritated by the ice cream parlor's attempts to sell him "healthy" alternatives to ice-cream when he tried to order simple chocolate ice-cream that he bought a bucket of chocolate lard. Brad said he could hear Frumpy's arteries hardening. Mike's mother's cooking is also apparently very unhealthy since a physician remarked that she should be sweating gravy given what she eats.
  • In a Peanuts strip, we have Linus eating sugar lumps with honey. Cue Lucy turning green.
  • In a FoxTrot strip, Roger makes himself a twelve-egg omelet with cheese, ham, bacon, and avocado, despite pledging to lose 20 pounds for New Years. Seems he wanted to gain 300 pounds so he could go on The Biggest Loser and not only meet his goal but win money. (Andy surmises that Peter's resolution was to become King of Evil Practical Jokes.)

    Films — Animation 
  • In SCOOB!, a Freeze-Frame Bonus in an early scene shows that Scooby Snacks in this continuity contain 850 calories, 37.5 grams of saturated fat, 1,000 milligrams of sodium, and 8,000 grams of sugar each. Yes, each. Not per serving, each.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Fatso, Dominick (Dom De Luise) joins a weight-loss support group consisting of obese men like himself. However, he finds all they do is trade stories about their favourite ultra-fattening concoctions, such as: jelly doughnuts filled with chocolate-swirl ice cream; jelly doughnuts stuffed with chocolate peanut butter cups and warmed in the oven; and peanut butter and jelly on a chocolate-covered graham cracker with bananas on top.

  • Discworld:
    • In the spin-off Nanny Ogg's Cookbook, we're told that Commander Vimes (who believes Burnt Crunchy Bits are a food group) nearly submitted a recipe for Pork Scratching Cookies before his wife stopped him.
    • Vimes's approach to the BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich) is, broadly speaking, the former bludgeoning the latter two into submission. At least, until his wife stops him. The rest of the Watchman's canteen is basically similar. (Partially justified, in that their job requires them to work long shifts and have lots of energy without taking many breaks, but still...)
    • Sham Harga's House of Ribs is a perennial favorite among members of the Watch (but especially Vimes). Its offerings are summarized as "good solid stuff for a cold morning, all calories and fat and protein and maybe a vitamin crying softly because it was all alone."
    • Albert, Death's servant, belongs to the "if it exists you can deep fry it" school of thought. He seems ready to try frying the muesli Susan asked for. Of course, given that he's functionally immortal as long as he remains in Death's employ, health hazards are not his primary concern.
  • The meals described in Nero Wolfe are enough to give you a heart attack just reading the description; if you can get a hold of The Nero Wolfe Cookbook, even more so. Just about every dish calls for a quart of cream, a dozen eggs, and a pound of butter. Little wonder the man weighs a seventh of a ton.
  • There is a cookbook with recipes from various Roald Dahl books. The Wonka-inspired candies are bad enough, but the cake recipe from Matilda has been nicknamed "cake that kills diabetics". It consists mainly of butter, eggs, chocolate, and lots of sugar. There is a tiny bit of flour in it to give it structure, but not much. (If you're not diabetic, and use good butter, free-range eggs, and dark chocolate, you can survive eating one slice, but eating the whole cake, as done in Matilda is not advisable.)note 
  • In the third Captain Underpants book, The Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space, George and Harold end up having their cafeteria privileges revoked and are forced to bring packed lunches to Mr. Krupp's office. What Mr. Krupp wasn't bargaining on was the boys' lunches consist of peanut butter and gummy worm sandwiches, potato chips with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles, and for dessert? Hard-boiled eggs dipped in hot fudge and Skittles. Mr. Krupp understandably runs out for fresh air.
  • In Good Omens, Famine of the Four Horsemen owns a chain of restaurants where the food has been scientifically engineered to not only be the more conventional version of this trope but also to contain no useful nutrients for the body whatsoever. Eating enough of Famine's food will cause a person to become morbidly obese and to suffer from or die due to malnutrition at the same time, a fact that Famine finds very amusing.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Carnival Eats: The entire series takes place at various State Fairs in North America, what do you think?
  • Man v. Food showcases enormous portions of rich and fatty foods that people enjoy immensely. These get taken Up to Eleven for the quantity-based challenges, with some being more than enough to feed entire families, let alone a single host with a big appetite.
  • In the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, Ep22), Sam and Dean's breakfast is made up of a bucket of fried chicken, a box of pizza, containers of Chinese food, 4 liters of cola, and a bottle of whiskey. Various flashbacks throughout the series show that this is a natural consequence of the two brothers growing up without a mother and with a neglectful father who would leave them alone in motel rooms for weeks at a time. They learned to survive on meals of fast food and junk food.
    • This is revealed to be the Leviathans' plot in Season 7—replace the corn syrup and other flavorings on packaged food with a chemical that inhibits metabolism and higher brain functions, turning humans into fat, dimwitted, apathetic, docile creatures much like cattle (three guesses as to what the Leviathans plan to do). In essence, this would make every edible item (with the exception of water and non-processed foods, like freshly-picked fruits and vegetables) a Nutritional Nightmare.
    • Death loves this kind of food so much that you can instantly get on his good side (or at least make him less inclined to kill you) by bribing him with it. When Dean needs a favor from Death he personally prepares a homemade buffet of unhealthy food...
      Dean: All with the bad fat.
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • The Taco Town sketch has the "pizza crepe taco pancake chili bag", which takes this to Overly Long Gag levels. Listing off all the ingredients would take up a big chunk of this page, but it's essentially a tortilla with extra taco filling wrapped around a taco, with another tortilla wrapped around that until Matryoshka Object is the only real way to describe it. Eventually, the taco gets so big that they're wrapping a corn husk around it instead of a tortilla, then a crepe, then a pizza, then a blueberry pancake, then deep-batter-frying the whole thing, and finally tossing the resulting golden-brown slab into its own personalized bag, which is then filled with vegetarian chili.
    • The Overnight Salad combines this with Cordon Bleugh Chef, being based on disgusting 1950s housewife recipes that combined foods never meant to go together. It starts off with a pretty reasonable combo of lettuce, cheese, and a squeeze of lemon, and then she dumps an entire gallon of mayonnaise on the top. Things just get worse from there, including several dozen hot dogs, corn chips, root beer, mayo again, and the top of a pizza, all left out overnight on the radiator. Contrary to most examples, the recipe in question is depicted as incredibly bad-tasting, to the point of being poisonous in large quantities.
  • MADtv had a sketch called "Reality Check" which was about this BET talk show hosted by two obese African-American women who sometimes start out subsisting on some strange and often fattening items, like lard balls rolled in: flour and powdered sugar, deep-fried, dipped in ranch dressing, and then covered in a glaze along with chocolate and sprinkled salt lick.
  • A mild example in United States of Tara: Alice's ideas about food come straight from the 1950s. She advises Tara to cut the crusts off, because "all the nutrition is in the white part" of the bread.
  • "Food for Thought," an episode of That's So Raven that offered A Weighty Aesop, sees the local high school's cafeteria being replaced with a food court owned by "Trans-Infinity Farms", a company that specializes in producing disgustingly huge portions of incredibly unhealthy food, including a yard-long hot dog, an onion ring bigger than a teenage boy's head, and, as a "healthy" option, deep-fried lettuce. As the food court gains more power, they start offering take-out, sickeningly sweet breakfasts (such as a platter of chocolate pancakes drenched in chocolate sauce) and even fry dispensing machines in the hallways. Amazingly, not a single adult in the school recognizes this as a horrible diet, so it falls to Chelsea and Raven to stop the company.
  • On Parks and Recreation, the distressingly popular fast-food chain Paunch Burger boasts of its fattening effects.
    • NutriYum Bars are advertised as healthy snacks because they have Lance Armstrong on the label. Ann points out that they are basically blocks of sugar.
  • 30 Rock: One episode mentions and depicts a food called "Cheesy Blasters". The jingle explains it quite clearly: "You take a hot dog, fill it with some Jack cheese, fold it in a pizza... You got Cheesy Blasters!". Tracy refuses to eat it after Liz explains it.
  • On an episode of World's Dumbest... Partiers, a drunk woman that gets pulled over says she had a "chicken sandwich sandwich".
    Ted Jessup: You take a chicken sandwich, and you put it in a chicken sandwich, and then you soak it in grain alcohol.
  • Ginormous Food, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. In one episode, we have a restaurant serving meatballs the size of ice cream scoops.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: In "The Killer Shrews", Joel and the Bots whip up a drink called the Killer Shrew that combines about a dozen types of sugary food (chocolate ice cream, Captain Crunch with Crunchberries, peanut M&Ms, pancake syrup, circus peanuts, Mr. Pibb, Marshmallow Peeps, Sweet Tarts, vanilla cake frosting, and Good'n'Plenty), shoved into a blender and garnished with a mechanical toy shrew. Joel takes a sip and passes out, while Frank tries some and, hopped up on a sugar rush, starts singing "Ladies Night" and trying to get Dr. Forrester to dance with him.
  • Gina kicks off the end to her diet in Brooklyn Nine-Nine with the Sloppy Jessica: Macaroni, chili, and pizza on a bun.
  • Britain's Worst Food: A snarky documentary from the noughties about the sneaky tricks food manufacturers use to make awful food taste better. Host and chef Alex Riley challenges himself to make the most unhealthy pies possible, yet for them to taste great. The 'sweetie pie' was this to the point where the nutritionist Alex consulted stated it was so unhealthy it would actually suck nutrients out of the body. Alex even used the leftover filling as paste for his advertising posters.

  • In issue 504 of Mad Magazine, there is a parody ad taking KFC's Double Down, already a pretty ridiculous sandwich, and putting it Up to Eleven, resulting in the KFC Triple By-Pass. It includes a whopping 8 chicken fillets, a ton of bacon, a ton of sausage, a slab of pork roll, an obscene amount of cheese, and exactly ONE leaf of lettuce, all deep-fried several times over.

    Video Games 
  • The food in the world of Grand Theft Auto is incredibly unhealthy across the board, as befitting a parody of modern overstuffed America. In particular, Burger Shot stands out as openly advertising a 6 pound burger designed to give you a heart attack.
  • Level Ate from Earthworm Jim 2 is quite-literally made out of fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
  • Mother 3 has pork chips, which the game outright calls "greasy junkfood". Interestingly, despite this, someone actually made a real life version of the food. It's about as healthy as you'd expect.
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time: Since Crazy Dave re-eating his taco would cause a Time Crash, Dr. Zomboss stops him by giving him something better: a taco with a waffle in it. Not a waffle taco, but a taco with all the fillings you'd expect, plus a waffle jammed in there, complete with syrup and butter.
  • The Pokémon Alcremie has a multi-layered cake-like Gigantamax form that is known to launch cream missiles shaped like cake decorations. Before you think of eating them, bear in mind that each one is worth 100,000 kilocalories; if the projectile itself doesn't kill you, the clogged arteries or explosive diabetes will. Given that Gigantamax Alcremie is over ninety feet tall, this is one dessert you want to avoid as if your life depended upon it.
  • Sonic 2 XL is a ROM hack of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 where all the Gold Rings are replaced by really unhealthy deep-fried onion rings. Unhealthy enough that just collecting five of these will cause Sonic to gain a level of weight, with increasing levels causing him to slow down, jump lower and lower, and eventually become unable to Spin Dash or even jump at all. If he collects 30 without burning the fat off, he becomes so fat that he can't even move, and promptly dies of a heart attack. Not even Super Sonic is immune to this, either.

    Web Animation 
  • In the Happy Tree Friends episode "A Change of Heart", Disco Bear enjoys several unhealthy foods in rapid succession, culminating in a deep-fried block of butter; he has a heart attack, and in the hospital, an X-ray reveals the undigested block of butter blocking one of his arteries.
  • In The Most Popular Girls in School, Deandra is rather fond of these. Take, for example, in Episode 46:
    Deandra: [to Bridget] No, I don't want a bunch of little croutons! I want you to crouton this loaf of bread for me! What the fuck is so hard to understand about that?!
  • Ollie & Scoops: The first episode has the "Bacon Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza", with "4 times the bacon, bacon cheese, bacon crust, and don't forget the grease dippers!"
  • In Sonic for Hire, Eggman becomes rich and famous (as well as even more disgustingly obese) by inventing the Taco Sandwich, which is composed of two tacos serving as bread and ten more tacos sandwiched between them.

    Web Comics 
  • The Igor Bars from Dork Tower, which have been known to put those who consume them into sugar comas. There is an actual recipe for the bars, and it lists insulin as an optional ingredient (see here).
  • Scandinavia and the World: Denmark's risalamande, a Christmas rice pudding mixed with vanilla, whipped cream, and chopped almonds, is delicious but so fattening that King Europe blows up like a balloon after eating two bites. Of course, America has no trouble scarfing down an entire bowl and asking for more.
  • Schlock Mercenary:
    • The chupaqueso ("sucky cheese") is a pliable layer of pan-fried cheese, topped with melting soft cheese and rolled into a soft taco or burrito. Bacon is optional. The cast are all mercenaries with a short life expectancy anyway, so they'd rather eat indulgent than healthy.
    • Schlock's own Ovalkwik addiction is treated this way, due to the number of chemical toxins it contains. However, as an artificial lifeform who can eat nearly anything, it's difficult to tell if even that is truly dangerous to him. "Addiction" is no misnomer; it's treated more like a drug habit than an unhealthy snack.

    Web Original 
  • The SCP Foundation has SCP-807, the Heart Attack on a Plate. Any food placed on it will be turned into this trope, and consuming it will invariably cause a heart attack within 5 minutes. In a possible Shout-Out to The Boondocks below, a veggie burger becomes the infamous Luther Burger described below. And then someone tries to put another Luther Burger on it...
  • /TG/ (a Website/4Chan sub-page dedicated to Tabletop Games) gives us meatbread, which is similar to the Russian kulebyaka. The only veggies in the thing are caramelized onions and mushrooms. Basically, a whole loaf of bread is hollowed out and then re-filled with a combination of ground beef (and/or pork), sausage filling, cheese, fried onions, and mushrooms, plus the bread scooped out while hollowing the loaf to bind it all together, then it's cooked in the oven. It's intended for about six people, although there is a pizza-pocket-sized version made with canned bread dough (basically, the filling is made into meatballs and has the bread wrapped around it). They admit that eating it is quite likely to result in a heart attack. /TG/ also has a dessert called "Artery-Hardening Death Cake", which is actually a sort of fudge, consisting of butter, golden syrup, and chocolate melted, mixed and spread over crushed digestive biscuits. Other offerings include "Satan's Cheese Cock" (an appropriately ungodly hybrid of spicy cheese sticks and sausages), and a soup that is outright called "slop" (a crustless meat-lover's pizza eaten with a spoon). The tamest thing on their menu is called "Birds and Biscuits", and is a whole chicken and mixed vegetables smothered in cheese sauce, eaten on biscuits. If your arteries can handle it, or you have a death wish, check out their cookbook.

    Web Videos 
  • The Nostalgia Critic and his obnoxious fan Douchey McNitpick love to eat Sugar Frosted Burrito Stuffed Hot Pockets.
    Nostalgia Critic: I'm sure a lot of this comes from spending less time in the kitchen and more time eating sugar-frosted burrito-stuffed hot pockets.
    Douchey: Oh, I love those! With the extra lard on the side? [speaks simultaneously with NC] And the delicious crumbled up things ever!
    Nostalgia Critic: [simultaneously] Yeah, I know! And the creamy buttery tastes for real liposuction.
    Douchey: And the side of oil found in most suntan lotions?
  • Epic Meal Time lives off this trope and be sure to expect a lot of bacon in their meals.
  • In the Half in the Bag episode where Mike and Jay review The Wolf of Wall Street, there's a subplot about Mr. Plinkett trying to intentionally have a heart attack through eating A LOT of this (mostly burgers that he fills with butter and lots of bacon).
  • Jontron has an issue with inventing and then eating things like cheesecake pizza.
  • Brad Tries... is all about Brad Jones trying foods that qualify for this trope, especially if he's at the State Fair.
  • The Channel HellthyJunkFood has plenty of these under their belts. Examples include gigantic nachos, cheeseburgers wrapped inside pizzas, and grilled cheese sandwiches with tons of spaghetti inside them.
  • The channel CultMoo isn't any better. Not only do they deep fry a variety of different foods (some of which have already been deep-fried once), but they also make ice cream and waffles from some rather unorthodox ingredients.
  • ChefClub is a serious cooking channel. But very often the showcased recipes are straight into this (whole cheese wheels are a common ingredient!), such as the one starting this video, featuring a whole chicken "entombed" in at least eight butter bars.
  • Binging with Babish thrives on this trope, having attempted to duplicate many of the items on this very page (Moon Waffles, the Luther Burger, Eggs Woodhouse, the Ultra Krabby Supreme). Some are surprisingly edible and even quite tasty; others are nightmarish disasters that barely even hold together on the plate.

    Western Animation 
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force's "Revenge of the Trees" has a Labor Day barbecue consisting of Frylock's tofu T-bones, and Shake's whole deep fried cow, which he force-fed pork rolled in ranch dressing (which killed it) and later injected its udder with a liquid mix of cheese (the udder exploded into a bloody mess after the flash-frying was done).
  • The Boondocks: In the season 1 episode "The Itis", when Ed Wuncler gives Robert Freeman (Granddad) his own soul food restaurant, every food he serves is absurdly fattening. His most notable creation is the "Luther Burger", which is a full-pound burger patty covered in cheese with grilled onions and five strips of bacon with two Krispy Kreme donuts as buns. Other terrible foods served during this episode included broccoli boiled in ham broth, and "Two pig knuckles glazed in honey; pig tongue marinated in butter for two days; chitlins... soaked in hot sauce, drizzled in mayonnaise, and then set to harden on our back porch in three pounds of cheddar cheese." The food was so tasty and addictive, it made people fat and drove them to rob others to feed their addiction. The restaurant was eventually closed down after a lawsuit. And the ending reveals this was in service to Wuncler's agenda - he was relying on this being the outcome, as it allowed him to buy the subsequent slum for cheap, rather than the near-fortune he'd have to spend otherwise.
  • Chuck's Choice: "Bawk to the Future" features "Beak O' Chicken Chunks", which is two-and-a-half pounds of heavily seasoned chicken left out in the sun for half-a-day to ripen before being dipped in a bidet full of chipotle and mayo sauce before being served in an actual chicken beak. Chuck is enthralled by the idea, but Misha is understandably grossed out.
  • In The Fairly OddParents, "Odd Ball", various characters eat Farmer Ahab's Blubber Nuggets, chicken nuggets made out of whale blubber.
    "They're Chewy!"
  • The Looney Tunes Show:
    • In "The Stud, the Nerd, the Average Joe, and the Saint", when Speedy Gonzales is helping Daffy train to run a marathon, he questions Daffy's diet when Daffy drinks root beer sodas as his "energy drink". Daffy reveals he eats a hot dog with a ton of powdered sugar on it for breakfast, for lunch he eats a deep-fried turkey sandwich on wheat with powdered sugar on it, and for dinner, he eats a casserole with powdered sugar on the top and bottom layer and baby back ribs and marshmallows in the center, and after cooking it in a microwave, he sprinkles more powdered sugar on it. Speedy was visually disgusted by Daffy's diet. Also, Daffy's idea for a "protein bar" is a tube of cookie dough. When Speedy tells Daffy to eat eggs for breakfast before his race, Daffy does so by placing the eggs on the bottom layer of his powdered sugar casserole.
    • In "Bobcats on Three", Porky starts a catering business using his grandmother's recipes, which feature heavy use of butter and sausage among other things. When Bugs hires him to cater his parties, he gets hooked on the food, and triples in size as a result. Porky lampshades it when he refuses to cater to any more of Bugs' parties claiming that no one should eat that much butter.
  • Regular Show:
    • Season 3, "The Best Burger in the World", a food truck makes a burger once every century called the "Ulti-Meatum" where they stuff a cheeseburger inside a cheeseburger and has two deep-fried cheeseburgers as buns. They can even make it Idaho-style by stuffing a bag of chips in the burger.
    • The season 6 episode "Death Kwon Do-Livery" has the "Death Kwon-Do Sandwich of Health" which is supposedly a healthier version of a meatball sandwich made with organic ingredients, but the main duo points out it's more like a regular sandwich that looks "even greasier than usual". Death Kwon-Do sensei denies this claiming he's been eating them three times a day, but when he eats his most recent one his stomach explodes.
  • Many of the fake commercials from The Ren & Stimpy Show have this. Sugar Frosted Milk is literally just melted ice cream.
  • The Scooby-Doo cartoons often had Shaggy and Scooby-Doo enjoying such snacks, usually in the form of a sandwich of some kind.
  • The Simpsons is the king of this trope. Homer in particular tends to get involved a great deal.
    • The image above from "Homer the Heretic" has Homer staying at home from church eating a waffle made with a mix of waffle batter, melted caramels, and liquid smoke, all wrapped around a stick of butter. To add insult to injury, the mess carbonizes onto the waffle iron, which Marge is seen digging at with a fork later in the episode.
    • In "Lisa the Vegetarian" it's revealed that Homer drinks a glass of pancake syrup every morning.
    • From the episode "Bart Star":
      Dr. Hibbert: Your cholesterol level is lethally high, Homer, but I'm more concerned about your gravy level.
      Homer: Now, wait a second! You doctors have been telling us to drink eight glasses of gravy a day!
      Dr. Hibbert: Well, you're a little confused.
      Homer: Oh, confused, would we?
    • In "Bart's Friend Falls in Love", the subplot involves Homer trying to lose weight through intelligence. Homer watches commercials for two products: The Good Morning Burger (eighteen ounces of sizzling ground beef, soaked in rich, creamery butter, and topped off with bacon, ham, and a fried egg) and a candy bar (pure milk chocolate with a layer of farm-fresh honey, sprinkled on four kinds of sugar, and dipped in rich, creamery butter.)
    • In season 19, "E Pluribus Wiggum", Homer decides to eat a bunch of fast food before Marge starts him on his diet. Among the foods he eats is a cheese pizza which he adds french fries and a lobster as toppings. He shakes it up in a pizza box and then proceeds to eat the food while it's inside the box.
    • The Ribwich from "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can" is so unhealthy that there is a scene (a Shout-Out to Requiem for a Dream) where we see barbecue sauce flowing in Homer's bloodstream and he develops a huge addiction to the product. It gets even worse when the Ribwich has a label with Krusty saying "Will Cause Early Death". Un(?)fortunately, the sandwich gets taken off the market when the creature used to make it goes extinct. We know little about it, except that it was small and had more than four legs.
    • In the Christmas Episode "She of Little Faith", Homer makes Bart add butter to his bacon.
      Homer: So, you think you know better than this family, huh? Well, as long as you're in my house, you'll do what I do and believe what I believe! So butter your bacon!
      Bart: Yes, father.
      • He then orders Bart to wrap his bacon around his sausage.
        Homer: Bacon up that sausage, boy!
        Bart: But dad, my heart hurts!
        [Homer glares at him, Bart reluctantly complies]
    • In "King-Size Homer", Homer intentionally wants to gain weight (just to get out of work for being obese) and at least half the stuff he eats is this trope; the rest verging on inedible. Doctor Nick offers the pointer that, if he's uncertain about a food, just rub it on a piece of paper - if it turns clear, "it's your way to weight gain!" At one point in the episode, Bart tests a fish sandwich by rubbing it against a wall. It works.
    • In "King of the Hill", after experiencing some success at the gym after becoming hooked on Powersauce bars, Homer resolves to eat only what he can compress into bar form. He extrudes five pounds of spaghetti and meatballs into a small bar, eats the whole of said bar, and calmly calls the hospital.
    • In "Bart Sells His Soul", Moe turned his tavern into a restaurant where everything was deep-fried. He purchased an Army surplus deep fryer that he claimed could flash-fry a buffalo in 40 seconds (which still isn't fast enough for Homer's tastes). He also ran a commercial showing an entire dinner for two, on the tray, being dunked into a fryer. One of the customers then eats part of the deep-fried wine bottle.
    • In "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?" when restaurant owners were offended by Homer's reviews and want to kill him, the French chef prepares an éclair so delicious and deadly it contains a million calories, 25 pounds of butter per square inch, chocolate so dark, light cannot escape its surface. And poison. (Ironically, it takes Lisa saying the éclair is low fat that makes Homer not want to eat it and thus save his life.)
    • When Marge tells him he is going to live with regret of not spending enough time with the kids when he is old, Homer shrugs it off as there is a lot of things he doesn't envy future Homer for. Then proceeds to down a mix of vodka and mayonnaise, knocking him out in seconds.
    • The Simpsons Movie gives us Krusty Burger's latest burger, the Clogger. "If you can find a greasier sandwich, you're in Mexico." There's also one of the Burger King tie-in commercials made to promote the movie where Krusty pleads for the viewers to ignore the Whopper in favor of his "deep-fried with love Krusty Burger": As in, the ENTIRE BURGER is deep-fried, bun, toppings and all, resulting in a horrific, grey, fat-soaked mess.
    • When the family visits a boardwalk fair in one episode, there had recently been a "truth in advertisement" legislation passed, forcing the vendors to be open about their products. One of them was deep-fried dough; "America's worst legal food! Never leaves your body!"
    • In "The Heartbroke Kid", Springfield Elementary signs a deal with a vending machine company to install their "Scammer and Z-Dog" machines in the school for the children to buy snacks and sodas from. The problem is that the snacks are insanely unhealthy (one of the ingredients is partially de-weaponized plutonium), and Bart ends up becoming morbidly obese after he gets addicted and wants to subsist entirely on them.
  • South Park:
    • Double Dew (with twice the caffeine and sugar of Mountain Dew) in "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining". Then, it subverted the trope with Diet Double Dew (with half the caffeine and sugar as regular Double Dew).
    • Weight Gain 4000, a protein shake marketed as a "bulk-up" formula for people looking to gain weight. It contains 4,000 grams of saturated fats, and according to the very quick disclaimer at the end of the ad, "may cause irreversible damage to the kidneys and liver". Cartman quadruples in size from subsisting entirely on the shake for little over a week, thinking that his massive weight gain is all muscle.
    • The Pop-Tart/chocolate sandwich Cartman makes in "Fat Camp".
  • An episode of King of the Hill had Bill and Boomhauer discover a man selling deep-fried bananas at a stall, and it eventually gives them the idea to see what else they can deep fry. This included, among other things; deep-fried fruits, deep-fried fish, deep-fried chocolate bar, re-deep-fried chicken, accidental deep frying of a beer can which started a fire...
  • On a DVD extra, Archer demonstrates how to make his daily breakfast, Eggs Woodhouse, which guest Alton Brown calls a "cholesterol Katrina" as it's made with creamed spinach, Bechamel and Hollandaise sauce, Pata Negra ham, and half a cup of butter (plus saffron and truffles to up the dollar value).
    Alton: What is your cholesterol level?
    Archer: I assume it's awesome - since the alcohol constantly flushes it out of my veins.
    Alton: That... that is absolutely not how that works!
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • In "The Menu", the secret menu item, rumored to serve as enough to replace all three meals for seven people for seven years, turns out to be a dagwood burger that Gumball describes as "grosser than a normal burger". It's also rumored that if one can finish it within 15 minutes, Joyful Burger will pay for their hospital bills. Apparently, the average kid's meal from Joyful Burger has less nutritional value than the toy that comes with it, as well.
    • There's also the Sluzzlewurst, invented by junk food connoisseur Richard Watterson for a holiday his son made up. Just getting all the ingredients to add to the giant sausage that makes its main body nearly bankrupted him, and it was so fattening everyone in the family that even had a taste (other than Richard himself) started sweating butter.
  • An episode of Rugrats shows Angelica watching a commercial for her favorite candy bar. We get to hear the beginning of the jingle: "If you like chocolate with gum underneath/If you like caramel sticking to your teeth/If you like the dentist drilling cavities..."
  • Family Guy:
    • In the episode "Saturated Fat Guy", fed up with Lois trying to get him to eat healthy, Peter gets a food truck where he sells food of this nature. They include burgers with jelly donuts for buns, milkshakes with hot dogs for straws, Swedish Fish tacos with chili, and "cereal" that's just M&M's in Dr. Pepper. Before he gets the truck, he also makes a panini in his car with sausages, peanut butter cups, Dorito crumbs, and a Cadbury egg. Understandably, he ends up morbidly obese from living inside his truck and eating nothing but his own cooking.
    • The episode "Dr. C and the Women" opens with a commercial for Outback Steakhouse Extreme, for people who like Outback Steakhouse but think the portions aren't big enough. Instead of bloomin' onions, they serve bloomin' pumpkins, their steaks are 50 lbs. of elephant meat, and for drinks, they serve 40 ounces of malt liquor mixed with ranch dressing. The commercial closes with the tagline "Punish - your - toilet!"
  • In an episode of The Cleveland Show, Cleveland Jr. and Kendra travel to Wisconsin. One of the local delicacies is "Crazy Butter", which is a mug full of melted butter topped with cheese.
  • Brickleberry: In one episode, Bobby makes a bet with Bodean that he can come up with a better alternative to Obamacare, only to find himself trying to keep Bodean from landing himself in the hospital because of his total lack of common sense, which includes his diet. His favorite meal is a huge plate of bacon - raw bacon - washed down with a 64 oz Coke.
  • An episode of SpongeBob SquarePants features a customer ordering "a king-size Ultra Krabby Supreme with the works, double-batter deep-fried, on a stick." It appears to be a very well-stacked hamburger fried until it looks more like a golden-brown cylinder. He also eats it with mayonnaise... as in, he squirts the mayo into the back of his throat. Squidward regards the guy with absolute contempt.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy: The episode "Lucky Duck" features Quacker Jacks, a ridiculously unhealthy snack food sponsored by Quacky the Duck, whose ingredients involve a ton of trans fats and artificial bacon cheese. So unhealthy, that when Dudley wins a lifetime supply of them, he's only given two boxes, because according to Quacky: "You can't eat more than two boxes and live!"

    Real Life 
There's a lot of stuff in general that qualifies for this list, so this is merely some of the more notable cases:
  • Don't get us started with the Bacon Sundae from Burger King. If you really must know, it's a cup of soft-serve vanilla ice cream wrapped in 2 strips of bacon, topped with bacon bits and caramel sauce.
  • Keeping with the deep-fried theme, deep-fried Coca Cola is a thing. Soda is full of sugar and calories already, and the frying simply adds more of the same.
  • The deep-fried Mars bar (or other candy bar of your choice), frequently held as a symbol of unhealthy Scottish consumption.
  • If it exists, someone has tried to deep-fry it. For example: deep-fried butter and deep-fried Kool Aid.
  • The Wendy's Baconator is perhaps one of the more infamous examples, containing literally nothing but hamburger meat, cheese, and a disgustingly large amount of bacon; in fact, it is not uncommon to see said burger basically melting due to the sheer amount of fat that is packaged into it.
    • Ironically, Dave's Triple is actually even more unhealthy than the Baconator, but is significantly less iconic.
    • IHOP's Bacon Cheeseburger is also largely even more unhealthy than the Baconator due to containing less protein and more saturated fat (along with what appears to generally be a smaller set of nutrients).
  • Subway ironically features numerous examples of this, but the most notable and readily available one is easily its (iconic and classic) Spicy Italian sandwich, which (not counting the vegetables and related things that you can add to it) is basically just pure fat, sodium and cholesterol (cheese and salami, to be more precise) in a loaf of bread; naturally, its Ultimate version makes the original look healthy by comparison, especially when the Cheesy Garlic Bread that Subway invented specifically for it is used in order to make it.
    • In some jurisdictions Subway bread has been classified as a pastry due to the amount of sugar it contains.
  • Nearly all of the food that is sold at Six Flags parks, complete with being generally terrible and (for non-members) grossly over-priced; major highlights include funnel cakes and their Takis Zombie Nachos.
  • Whataburger's Monterey Melt (not counting its grilled onions and peppers) contains basically nothing but hamburger meat and a disgustingly massive amount of cheese and ranch sauce; surely enough, it also contains 125% of saturated fat's Daily Value, along with 120% of regular fat's and 88% of sodium's.
  • The KFC Double Down has a reputation as this for being a sandwich where the "bun" is two pieces of fried chicken. However, the only things inside the sandwich are a few strips of bacon and some cheese sauce; perfectly normal toppings you would find on a normal fast-food burger or chicken sandwich. If they added a bun to it then it would not be regarded as anything special despite being even more unhealthy.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic has a penchant for food like this, as featured on UHF and The Weird Al Show. Most famous is his love for Twinkie-Wiener Sandwiches — a hot dog stuffed into a sliced Twinkie, topped with spray cheese. Weird Al has stated that since he's a vegetarian now, he uses tofu dogs these days.
  • Double Stuf Oreos, which were eventually taken Up to Eleven with Mega Stuf Oreos, cookies with three times the creme filling of a normal Oreo. Inevitably, they were overtaken by Most Stuf Oreos, which contain four times as much creme as the normal Oreo cookie.
  • Even more of a nightmare is deep-fried Oreos.
  • Chocolate-covered wavy Lay's potato chips. The recommended serving size is just three potato chips. They come in bags that are normally only used for "single-serving/snack-size" (which can fit about 15 or so chips), so if you aren't paying attention (or just don't care), you could very well accidentally eat over 800 calories' worth of grease, salt, potato, and chocolate in one sitting.
  • The Heart Attack Grill in Nevada is based around this trope. Lard-cooked fries, butter fat shakes, burgers with anywhere from one to eight beef patties with calorie counts easily skyrocketing into the high thousands and ten thousands (they do offer some vegan options, however— they're all packs of cigarettes). Customers who weigh over 350 pounds can weigh in with staff for a free meal—specifically as a way to make them wonder what they're doing with their life. The Heart Attack Grill has actually claimed at least one patron. And at least one employee. What makes this all especially ironic is that it was founded by disgruntled fitness guru Jon Basso as a form of protest towards the fitness industry.
  • Both the website and the blog called This is Why You're Fat is full of these, ranging from simple deep-fried foods to combinations of already unhealthy foods that become the food equivalent of Frankenstein's monster. Examples of the latter from both sites include breakfast cookies (potato patties filled with ham, bacon, and cheese) and the "El Nino" (A pepperoni pizza folded taco-style and stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese).
  • The Luther Burger (see The Boondocks example above) is basically a hamburger with glazed doughnuts in place of buns.
  • A blogger decided to eat all the meals offered by Denny's in their cross-promotion to Fantastic Four (2015), totaling nearly 6000 calories and copious amounts of sugar and fat. He acknowledged most was tasty if overkill, to the point two (a skillet featuring a sausage as long as the fork, and a three-egg/four-cheese omelette) ended up only half-eaten.
  • Death by Chocolate is actually a variety of high-calorie cakes, as seen here.
  • The deep-fried Twinkie - as if Twinkies weren't unhealthy enough by themselves. Now in chocolate as well! It used to be only found at county and state fairs, until Hostess released the recipe. (Make them at your own risk.) They even sell them in stores now; check the frozen desserts.
  • Any North American stadium will have at least one of those available. Specially baseball parks.
  • Somewhere in the mists of Portland, Oregon, there exists a lunch cart called Brunchbox which serves the "Redonkadonk," a legendarily unhealthy sandwich. It's not just the contents of the sandwich—a burger patty, ham, bacon, cheese, egg, and Spam—that put it in the two thousand-plus calorie range; it's the fact that there isn't any bread. The fillings are placed between two whole grilled cheese sandwiches on extra-thick Texas toast. The Redonkadonk even has its own page on The Other Wiki!
  • The California-based burger chain In-N-Out allows you to order an "m x n", where m is how many beef patties you want and n is how many slices of cheese you want; for example, a 3 x 3 has 3 patties and 3 cheese slices. Customers used to be able to order ludicrously big burgers such as a 20 x 20, and one customer ordered a 100 x 100. Since then, the chain has limited burger sizes to a reasonable though still incredibly unhealthy 4 x 4.
  • There are actually foods that seem unhealthy, but subvert this, at least depending on how you look at it. For example, fried chicken is actually pretty low-carb; it's considered bad for you simply because it's fried. (Granted, frying doesn't make it better, but it does less harm than you'd expect.) Likewise, there are "health foods" that actually aren't that great for your health. Just look at low-fat foods; we assume they're good because we associate "fat" with "unhealthy". Not all fats are bad though, and by removing that fat, the flavor is also removed. So what do they put in there to get the flavor back? Sugar. It's worth pointing out that even without the added sugar, such "health foods" aren't necessarily healthy. "Protein poisoning" (sometimes colloquially called "rabbit sickness", because historically a major way people got it was by eating nothing but rabbit for their meat) is caused by not eating enough fat. It turns out fat tastes good because humans need it (in moderation) to live. Who knew?
  • Convenience store chain QuikTrip now offers maple bacon milkshakes. They're as delicious and evil as you'd think.
  • The francheezie, served at some restaurants in Chicago, consists of a hot dog split in half, filled with cheese, wrapped in bacon, and deep-fried.
  • Before they closed, Hot Doug's Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium had some creative offerings as well. The standout was probably the duck-meat sausage sprinkled with chunks of foie gras (even after it was banned in Chicago—long story). With a basket of duck-fat fries, if you were a truly proud American.
  • Arby's has an item called the Meat Mountain. From the website: "Stacked ridiculously high with almost all the meats. Two chicken tenders, slices of roast turkey, pit-smoked ham, corned beef, 13-hour smoked brisket, USDA-choice Angus steak, roast beef, and pepper bacon. There’s also cheddar and swiss cheese somewhere in there.". The finished product contains at least 3 grams of sodium amid a mound of deli meat so big it tends to destroy the wrapping it comes in.
  • State fairs are infamous for selling foods like this, usually a deep-fried dessert of some kind (which is where the deep-fried twinkies originated). Two writers from Cracked sampled copious amounts of fair food. Notable examples are the deep-fried bubblegum, deep-fried peanut butter cups, donut grilled cheese sandwiches, corn dogs as long as your forearm (not including the stick), fried chicken breaded with Red Velvet cake mix...
    • It doesn't even have to be deep-fried. Try a large slab of cheesecake, dipped in chocolate, and then wrapped in multiple slices of bacon. You can gain weight just thinking about it...
  • The Defibrillator sandwich; its ingredients are an angus beef burger, topped with deep-fried pickles, deep-fried cheese curds, deep-fried bacon slices, and cheddar cheese, all stuffed between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • The Munchy Box, a popular food among young adults in Glasgow, is a large box stuffed with a variety of foods, usually quite greasy and salty, such as fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, doner kebab, chow mein, onion rings, and garlic bread. Naturally, Munchy Boxes contain a pretty large amount of calories, namely from fat, and a lot of sodium. US chain Jack in the Box spun off the concept into their Munchie Meals, similar in spirit and consists of an appropriately-themed sandwich (such as a hamburger whose bun is buttered sourdough, or a chicken sandwich with tater tots, cheese, a cream sauce, and with a croissant for a bun), French fries, curly fries, and their signature deep-fried tacos.
  • Speaking of Scotland, there's also the Scotch egg, which is a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat or bacon, then coated in bread crumbs and deep-fried. It is not actually Scottish though.
  • The RU Hungry Sandwich Stand of New Brunswick, New Jersey offers "fat sandwiches": essentially large subs with combinations of just about any foods you can imagine. For example, the Fat Darrel is filled with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries, and marinara sauce.
  • Big Mama and Papa's pizza has the infamous Giant Sicilian: a colossal 52 x 52 pizza made from 20 pounds of dough and topped with 1 1/2 gallons of tomato sauce, 12 pounds of cheese, and up to 30 toppings!
  • For those with a massive Sweet Tooth, Ben & Jerry's has the Vermonster: A bucket filled with 20 scoops of ice cream, 4 bananas, 3 cookies, a brownie, 2 servings of hot fudge and/or caramel sauce, 10 scoops of chopped walnuts if you aren't allergic, whipped cream and 2 spoonfuls of 4 of your favorite toppings.
  • Denny's Beer Barrel is a pub in Pennsylvania known for making some truly massive burgers. Their biggest burger, the "Main Event" Burger, is 125 pounds!
  • Denver, Colorado brings us the infamous Fool's Gold Loaf: A whole loaf of bread filled with a jar of peanut butter, a jar of jelly, and a pound of bacon, totaling 8000 calories. It is notable for being a favorite of rock n roll legend Elvis Presley.
  • While somewhat tamer than most of the IRL examples, the Monte Cristo sandwich consists of a grilled ham and swiss cheese sandwich made with French toast instead of regular bread, then dusted with powdered sugar, and served with jam or maple syrup. Also one of Elvis' favorites.
  • The "Croque Monsieur" is a grilled ham and cheese with cream sauce, and its Distaff Counterpart, the "Croque Madame" has a fried egg on top (which resembles a lady's fancy hat, hence the name).
  • The Noah's Ark burger is exactly what you'd imagine, or at least the closest thing that can be contrived with available ingredients. A Something Awful member once bought one of these from Burger King. The best he could say about the purchase and attempted consumption of it was that he managed to not throw up.
  • The Hot Brown is an iconic Louisville, Kentucky sandwich. Found in several restaurants around town, it originated at the Brown Hotel, hence the name. It consists of turkey, bacon, and sliced tomato on Texas-style toast, drenched in Mornay (cheese) sauce and served in a casserole dish. The original Chick-Fil-A in Hapeville, Georgia (also known as the Dwarf House) has a few items not on the regular chain menu, one being a variant of this sandwich — a small casserole of chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cheese with an appearance resembling a bowl of lard, topped with bacon and toast. Some of the local college students consider it a ritual challenge to eat one sans utensils.
  • The Horseshoe Sandwich is a specialty unique to Springfield, Illinois. It's a belly-busting monster consisting of some kind of meat (traditionally hamburger patties) placed on top of Texas toast and french fries and covered with cheese sauce. A more manageable version, called the Pony Shoe Sandwich, is often available at establishments that sell this.
  • Poutine is Quebec's most notable contribution to unhealthy eating. It's a dish consisting of french fries covered in cheese curds and blanketed in chicken gravy.
  • A viral tweet of a photo of a Starbucks iced coffee drink with a comically long list of special requests, including but not limited to caramel drizzle, caramel sauce, caramel crunch, honey blend, extra whipped cream, extra ice, extra Frapp chips, and cinnamon topping.


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Homer's journey to obesity

In order to get obese and work home, Homer proceed to have a diet of numerous fattering foods

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