The onslaught of calories that the holidays bring are just beginning. A little time off of work and a full belly means catching up on some overdue comic book, reading, and video game playing for the average fan. Whether you are getting used to Sinestro being a Green Lantern again or leveling up your character, the sedentary days ahead are apt to help us resemble more Penguin than Batman. Like most art, comic books are an imitation of life; lives we have, aspire to have, and could even lament to have. Nothing is more exaggerated than the body of your average super hero. Their villainous counter parts are often also the picture of fitness. Even supporting characters generally are fit.Still a few overweight characters have managed to make a home for themselves in comics. Some have even made it to the beauty obsessed Hollywood. Here are a few:
The Penguin: Longtime Batman villain the Penguin has never been fit. Able to hold onto a helicopter umbrella or ride a giant bird the Penguin routinely does perform feats of strength (relative to his size and stature). At 5 feet 2 inches and 175 pounds Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot III has a Body Mass Index of 32 classifying him as not overweight but obese.
Doc Ock: The good doctor is 5 foot 9 inches and 245 pounds. I assume this is without his metal appendages. Heavy for sure, but is making progress according to the database at Marvel.com:“Though Doctor Octopus himself tends to be portly, and in poor physical shape, he has recently been able to improve upon his physique.”Not bad for a guy that doesn’t have to use his real arms and legs if he doesn’t choose to.
Harvey Bullock: Detective Bullock is the embodiment of excess that has become such a problem in the real world. 5 foot 10 inches and 248 pounds of unhealthy lifestyle. Smoking, drinking, and over eating; this indulgent lifestyle could get to this tough cop before any criminal could.
This past year has seen a lot of talk about race and having an ethnically diverse universe to better represent the real world comic books mirror. Yet, in America where obesity is a national crisis, nobody has championed having more fat characters to read about.
Often, the heavier on our comic book pages is cast as the antagonist. The real antagonist is obesity from unhealthy life choices . Obesity causes significant public health problems, including an increase in type 2 diabetes, cardiac disease, and degenerative joint disease. So this holiday season read comics and make some time for a little exercise.
A few more Heavy Heroes and Rubenesque Rogues:
Ulysses Lugman “the Slug” (Marvel Comics)
Bouncing Boy (DC Comics)
Volstagg (Marvel Comics)
Tobias Whale (DC Comics)
Big Bertha (Marvel Comics)
Violator (as clown) (Image Comics)
Authur (New England Comics)
Mojo (Marvel Comics)
Waldo Weatherbee (Archie Comics)
Moleman (Marvel Comics)
The Blimp (DC Comics)
The Amazing Spider-Kid (Marvel Comics)