In the letter column for The Walking Dead #111, a fan put the question to Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman about why there weren't more fat zombies in the world. Robert Kirkman replied, “There are tons of fat zombies in the comic… less so in the show, as, frankly, it’s hard to ADD to big people to make them look like zombies. Keep in mind, to make those walkers look real, you have to build stuff, on top of real people… you start adding to people my size, and well… we start to look a bit too padded, if that makes sense.”
In the same letter column, Robert Kirkman also answered another important question in the world of zombies, which could also help explain the shortage of fat zombies. When asked if zombies pooped, Kirkman replied, "I’ve covered this before, I like to think they’re always pooping… undigested bits of flesh… it just passed right through. Fun!" If zombies are always pooping, it could certainly explain why they rarely seem to put on weight.