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Published August 24, 2012

 

Obesity stats according to CDC:
 
 
Immediate health effects:
  • Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.7
  • Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.8,9
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.5,6,10
Long-term health effects:
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults11-14 and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.6  One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.12
  • Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.15
 
The point is we need to enjoy fat kids, while we can, before they're gone or so sick with health problems that they aren't funny anymore. Here's a list of some of my favorites from the past. 

 
1.     Russell-Up
 
 
2.     Fat Bear- Lorax, a blog already written: Fat Bear Blog, Yes, I realize he's a bear, but look how cute he is. 
 
 
3.     Bad Santa Thurman Merman who changed the way we pronounce sandwiches.
 
 
 
And now Neil from Paranorman (psst... he's on the right). 
 
 
Neil right down to his "Gym" letterman’s jacket is a walking, heavily sweating fat joke. His highlights include:
 
1.     Claiming to have pectorals instead of boobs, but after he’s punched in them, he admits, “Ow, my boobs!”
2.     Eating a bag of cheesy chips, plopped in front of a television watching an aerobic video, which has been paused on the instructor’s bubble but.
3.     Divulging that walking too fast puts him into heavy sweats
4.     Belly hanging out over shirt
5.     Fat Stereotype- Incredibly nice
6.     Fat stereotype- Incredibly loyal and understanding (who else are they going to hang out with)
7.     “Fatty” written on his locker
8.     Fat people equated in outcast-ness with people who speak to the dead
9.     Very Jolly
 
Not surprisingly, he’s the best thing in the movie, his exuberance for life can barely be contained on screen, same goes for his 3d width (fat joke, BOOM!). Are fat kids and animals a staple in kids movies? Yes because we can all identify with the fat kid and if we can’t they’re funny as hell.
 
(Sidenote: Major thumbs up to the maker’s of this movie who outed Neil’s overly muscular brother Mitch at the end, it was shocking and awesome as he revealed he had a boyfriend. It’s one of the first openly gay cartoon characters in a children’s movie that I can remember. If the fat kid bit is old, this was new, fresh, and important in kid’s movies moving toward understanding of others, which the film was all about. It made me proud to be in a kid's theater all alone, well as proud as you can be in that terribly lonely and awkward situation.)
 
The Hollywood Defender
 
The second Entry in the Fat Cartoon Chronicles
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