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I have seen Buddha statues in western pop culture that portray an obese man as the Buddha. During my experience with Buddhism I have seen many more statues of the Buddha as a slim man, usually with one hand up, palm out.
Two pictures to illustrate:
Western pop culture portrayal:
More typical eastern portrayal:
I seek an explanation as to the reason for the difference in portrayal, if they are even of the same person.