By the 1980s, the husky or fat kid became a standard movie sidekick. Paradoxically, he was apparently inserted into the plot to decrease the erotic potential of the buddy-bond, using the rubric that fat is by definition unattractive. In The Goonies (1985), Jeff Cohen as "Chunk" participated in the adventure along with the others, and even managed to save the day. But not before he took off his shirt to do the "truffle shuffle" belly dance.
Stand by Me (1986), but again, his size apparently precluded any homoromantic imaginings between him and River Phoenix (left), Corey Feldman (right), or Wil Wheaton (not shown).
None of these actors spent much time in front of the camera as teenagers or adults, except for Jerry O'Connell, who muscled up. Maybe being a former child star is especially traumatic when you are plus-sized.