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Basic Trope: Obesity is the norm 20 Minutes into the Future.

  • Straight:
  • Exaggerated: In the 2100s, most people are far too fat to even move without hoverboards and have never even seen vegetables.
  • Downplayed: In the future, everyone is pudgy.
  • Justified:
    • Obesity is a growing problem in the developed world, and if people don't start taking better care of themselves, this very well could become Truth in Television eventually.
    • Advertisement:
    • Society becomes more dependent on motorized vehicles for transportation and spends all its time in front of computers and snacking on fatty, sugary foods.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: 20 Minutes into the Future, most people that we see are fat. Only it turns out that was an exercise camp.
  • Double Subverted:
    • …in the only remaining country in the world where they are still mobile enough to exercise: North Korea.
    • But everyone eventually gets fatter over time as junk food becomes more prevalent and exercise less so.
  • Parodied: People have literally been reduced to immobile, greedy balls of lard in the future.
  • Zig Zagged: While there is some percentage of obesity in society, thanks to scientific developments in the medical fields, the obesity isn't a major problem.
  • Advertisement:
  • Averted: The obesity rates stay roughly level well into the future.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Enforced: All the health problems this causes may be used in an attempt to Scare 'em Straight.
  • Invoked: A Corrupt Corporate Executive and/or a One World Government secretly fattened the people on purpose in an effort to make them easier to control.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: People take better care of themselves, and technology comes in handy for helping with this (i.e. modifying sweets so they have all the flavor with fewer empty calories, improvements in exercise techniques and equipment, diet pills that actually work, bariatric surgery, etc.)
  • Discussed: "Sheesh...if we don't start taking better care of ourselves, we'll all be too fat to function." "Umm...have you looked in a mirror in the past twenty years?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Advertisement:
  • Deconstructed: Obesity has been linked to serious long-term health problems; technology may not be able to help people overcome these problems.
  • Reconstructed: The Big Fat Future relies on circumstances staying the same for decades in order to continue. Outside factors such as advancement of weight reduction technology and scarcity of resources end up emerging and disrupting the trend.
  • Played For Laughs: Fan Disservice; fat people are still considered Acceptable Targets in TV-trope-land after all.

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