While creating people monsters, I recently sketched this fellow. I liked him, and when I noticed swollen as an Inktober prompt, I decided that Fat Uncle George would be a perfect illustration.
Yes, he’s another member of the dysfunctional family I’ve been creating this month. I didn’t begin with the intention of drawing a family or telling any story, but as so often happens in art, things began to develop on their own.
At this point, George doesn’t have much personality, but he does have style. I love his checkered pants. All I really know about George right now is that he does love to eat. He recently got evicted from his apartment, so he’s moving in with his brother’s family.
Although I find Fat Uncle George a bit humorous, I certainly don’t want to make light of obesity. Here’s a little educational info from the World Health Organization:
Obesity is an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat that may impair an individual’s health. Obese individuals run a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, several common forms of cancer, osteoarthritis, and other health problems.
Obesity is defined as having a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or greater.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, over 70% of adults in the United States are overweight (BMI of 25 or greater) with almost 40% of the population falling into the obese classification.
The most important fact to know about obesity is that it is preventable. A healthy diet and regular exercise are foundations for good health and proper weight.
So, while Joe the Weakling works to build up his body, Fat Uncle George will be huffing and puffing along in hopes of shedding a few unwanted pounds.