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Basic Trope: A character who used to be healthy has become fat.

  • Straight: Alice, formerly a healthy woman, is now overweight.
  • Exaggerated: Alice, formerly a supermodel, is now morbidly obese.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice goes up a dress size.
    • Alice, formerly a pro athlete and fitness model, is not overweight but she now has an average build.
  • Justified:
    • Alice's lifestyle isn't as demanding as it once was, complete with a lack of diet and exercise.
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    • Alice is a new mother and is having a hard time shedding her pregnancy pounds.
    • A recent break-up drove Alice to Heartbreak and Ice Cream.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice was formerly a healthy woman, but when she shows a picture of herself at that time, she's still huge for her height...Alice just has a warped self-image.
  • Double Subverted: But then she shows another picture from earlier, showing that she was at a healthy weight at one point.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice's thin self was skin and bones.
    • Alice was formerly a thin girl but she is now the size of a cow.
    • Alice becomes overweight by eating an entire cake in one sitting.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Alice is a yo-yo dieter, constantly going from thin to fat again and again.
    • Alice thinks that she's gained weight but her old photos show that she's still average-looking.
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    • Or alternatively, her old photos shift from underweight to overweight while she's still at an average size.
  • Averted:
    • Alice has been overweight for her whole life.
    • Or alternatively, Alice has maintained a healthy weight.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Wow, Alice, you're huge! What happened to you?"
  • Invoked:
    • Alice decides to try on a pair of pants she used to wear in college.
    • Alice starts shopping for plus-sized clothing.
  • Exploited: Claire uses the fact that Alice used to be thin to lower Alice's self-esteem.
  • Defied: Alice is a Weight Woe and can't stand the thought of gaining a single pound.
  • Discussed: "Alice used to be the picture of health when she was younger. I wonder how she could let herself go like that."
  • Conversed: "I bet the writers made Alice gain weight so she could be the butt of fat jokes. Get it?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice becomes overweight as a result of the "eats because she's sad, sad because she eats" cycle. Her self-esteem takes a huge hit thanks to not controlling her eating and her depression.
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    • Alice was only so fit looking because she had an eating disorder and a demanding exercise schedule. She's trying to get to a healthier weight, but people mocking her for gaining the weight back is taking a serious toll on her psyche and she has a relapse.
  • Reconstructed: Alice eventually gets over the cycle and realizes that a little excess weight isn't the end of the world. In turn, she feels better about herself and learns to accept her body.

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