Body inflation is the practice of inflating or pretending to inflate a part of one’s body. It is commonly done by inserting balloons underneath clothes and then inflating them. Some people have specially made inflatable suits made from latex rubber to make themselves bigger all over. Others explore this fantasy through animation, cartoons or manipulated photography. Sexual gratification is one of the most common reasons for this practise. In our series on Abundance Fantasies we explore how a deeply rooted desire for abundance manifests itself in our vocabulary, our myths and legends, and our behaviour. If we are to deflate society’s obsession with more, bigger and larger, we first need to understand what inspires this obsession, even if it comes out in obscure and playful ways such as body inflation.
One might argue that body inflation is a more direct and honest translation of the growth obsession that is so much part of how most of humanity expresses itself these days.