Snorlax: The Unhealthiest Pokémon?

Frances Tennant


This paper investigates the health of the average wild Snorlax, popularly known for being one of Pokémon’s laziest and heaviest species. Snorlax has a calculated BMI of 104, which is well above the value for the Obesity Class III. The anime shows Snorlax to have a diet that is both excessive and unbalanced, resulting in excessive daily calorie intake as well as potential deficiencies in key nutrients. Furthermore, Snorlax’s sedentary lifestyle would not properly balance out the daily calorie intake and could potentially lead to issues with mental health.


Computer game; Biology; Nutrition; Snorlax; Pokemon

Full Text:



Bulbapedia (2016) Snorlax (Pokémon) – Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encylopedia. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 08/03/2016]

Tajiri, S. (1998) “Wake Up Snorlax!”, Pokémon, Season 1 Episode 41. First Broadcast April 23, 1998

Sheehan, J. (2016) What Can Happen From a Lack of Carbohydrates?. Demand Media. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 08/03/2016].

Tajiri, S., (1999) “Snack Attack!”, Pokémon, Season 2 Episode 94. First Broadcast April 29, 1999

CalorieKing (2016) Calories in Grapefruit, average all varieties, raw | Nutrition, Carbohydrate and Calorie Counter. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 08/03/2016].

Ströhle, A. (2008). Physical activity, exercise, depression and anxiety disorders. Journal of Neural Transmission, 116(6), pp.777-784.

World Health Organisation (2016) Body mass index - BMI. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 08/03/2016].

National Institutes of Health (2016). Assessing Your Weight and Health Risk. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 18/03/2016].


  • There are currently no refbacks.
We use both functional and performance cookies to improve visitor experience. Continue browsing if you are happy to accept cookies. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.