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Blame Nintendo!

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006 12:02 AM

Dieting demigod Jared Fogle, the man who lost weight by eating at Subway, has identified the root of all evil.

It's Nintendo.

That's right; Jared says his weight problem stems from when he was given a Nintendo machine. Suddenly, he was playing video games and eschewing riding his bike and other sports.

Oh, and, somehow, video games turned him into a junk food junkie.

He'd game and munch and munch and munch. His parents tried to cut back his game-playing time, but he always found a way around it. (Perhaps they should have cut down on the selection of junk food available; a third-grader doesn't just pull jumbo-sized bags of potato chips out of thin air.)

Like Jared, I'm not a nutritionist. But weight loss has less to do with eating at Subway, and more to do with simple math. Consume less calories than you expend, and you lose weight. A twenty-minute walk at a brisk pace, three times a week, will also do wonders. I'm thinking young Jared had to be eating a metric buttload of chips and dip.

And any sedentary lifestyle, whether it's driven by Nintendo or a nine-to-five desk job, can contribute to weight gain.

Moderate quantity, improve quality, and take responsibility.

But don't try to blame it on Nintendo.

Unless, of course, that's more than a passing resemblance between Mario and Dr. Phil ...

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