Charles Barkley's 100-Pound Weight Gain Is Good for Fans

charles barkleyCharles Barkley is fed up ... with feeding himself junk food and acting like a "lazy a--." Admitting he's put on 100 pounds, the former NBA player-turned-NBA TV analyst is a new spokesman for Weight Watchers (guess he's going to get to hang with Jessica Simpson, heh) and is speaking out about the poor habits that led him to becoming a part of what he calls "an epidemic in [his] community."

Interestingly, he's admitted that he thinks up to 80 percent of retired pro-athletes end up gaining weight, for two reasons: Their metabolisms slow down and they "just don't want to work out." Totally -- I can imagine after pushing yourself from the time you're a kid, you're probably just plain sick of going so hard that when your career is over, you want nothing more than to chill out ... also in a hardcore way!

Although it's surely not good news for the athletes themselves, Barkley's weight gain and his honesty about it is definitely a win for fans.


It proves these guys in the NBA, NFL, NHL, etc. aren't necessarily perfect models of health -- either during their careers or afterward. They may be aspirational when they're out there winning, but in the end, they really are like many Americans.

The only difference is that they get paid to be in shape (kinda like models and actresses, who we shouldn't be comparing ourselves to either!), but once that incentive disappears, they're much more susceptible to gaining weight and picking up some really awful habits. (And that certainly makes the case for using money or other rewards as motivation to lose weight!) In fact, I'd even venture to guess their poor eating and exercise habits are even more awful than regular people's, because they're sort of "rebelling" against what they were forced to do for however may years before they retired.

At any rate, Barkley is working on his fitness again, bulking up on fruits and veggies (good call), and speaking out about obesity and diabetes. I'm sure he'll be an amazing role model for lots of guys. If he can make the change and drop his "round mound," anyone can!

Are you surprised athletes pack on the pounds post-pro career?


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