If you picture most akibakeis on your mind, what are they like? They are wearing glasses and too conservative clothes, and messy hair, white skin…something like that? Just like the most stereotyped one, 電車男[densha otoko]? What about his figure? Yes, if he is extremely fat, he would be labelled as アキバ体型[akiba taikei, “Akiba figure”].
Having said that, I really wonder if a very skinny otaku counts as アキバ体型, but as far as I know, the answer is no. Speaking of a nerd, most people could imagine his figure would be either very fat(such as 長岡芳樹[Yoshiki Nagaoka in Doukyusei 2] or very skinny(such as 宅八郎[Taku Hachiro, a real figure otaku]) , couldn’t they?
However, those fat otakus seem to be highlighted more than skinny those because here is a spin-off of アキバ体型 which points out such fat otakus…That is オタボリック症候群[otabolic shoukougun]. Well, this term stems from the serious disease among middle aged men, メタボリック症候群[Metabolic syndrome] and puns upon it…At any rate, in Japan this syndrome has been remarkable lately so most people who are over 30 get to be aware of it. I am not pretty sure who made up this funny pun, but the fact that such a spin-off has come out could prove that fat otakus are more stereotyped objects of “akibakei”?
Oh no, I should be aware of オタボリック, too. Come to think of it, most of my friends go to gym…