Last week, I caught a Dr. Phil special where he covered the Jared Fogle scandel. In case you’re not familiar with Jared, he is the Subway spokesperson and is known for eating a bunch of Subway to lose weight. Last August, he was accused of
being a total sicko having sex with minors and child pornography. Dr. Phil interviewed a lady that posed as a lover/friend to Jared and got him to admit that he basically likes molesting children. He even asked her to let him fondle her own kids. He even has his own kids.
I’ll just stop there with the disturbing details about that dude.
Despite how sick this story is, I can’t help but see the lesson from a health perspective. Even when Jared wasn’t being cast in such a negative light, he was constantly losing and gaining weight. Or he would go through these long hiatuses where no one would see him, and you had the feeling that he probably wasn’t skinny Jared at the moment.
Jared has always appeared to be the disturbed overweight guy.
You can’t help but wonder if all of the latest disturbing events have been a result of him redirecting his suppressed emotions to other things. He can’t abuse food so he abuses children.
It’s obviously way more severe to go from gluttony to child molestation, but to an illogical person, one vice is as good as another. Or, maybe at some points in his life he has abused both at the same time. I won’t even begin to speculate. Either way, it definitely appears to be a matter of deep psychological issues and this man has not handled them. In his glory days, he seemed to represent a beautiful success story where he magically lost all that weight from changing his diet. It was an awesome story for many of us because who doesn’t have like 20 Subway franchises within 10 minutes of their house? But maybe his weight loss success did more harm than good as this is clearly a much bigger crime.
But real talk, I don’t think you get very drastic and sustainable results by eating Subway’s sandwiches. I bet he had their salads more often than anything. But at this point, I don’t think I would trust a thing that he stands behind.
A lot of the time, when I get into conversation with people that are looking to lose weight, I kind of want them to depriortize it and put more focus on handling more pressing issues in their life. When really important things like your career, relationships, emotional stability, and finances are in a bad place, gaining or retaining extra weight is just a symptom of the issue. To address the weight issue is like putting lotion on a broken arm – it’s a nice gesture but it’s not going to fix the problem. Of course, if you die from some weight-related disease that also won’t help the problem, but you kind of have to tackle it altogether.
On the other hand, none of this stuff may be related. Jared may have done all of these sick things no matter what size he was. There’s also the simple fact that a lot of overweight people don’t have very significant emotional issues. However, in many situations of obesity, it starts from something bad and comes out in the form of extra weight (and yo-yo dieting is an even more telling sign of there being an issue). I think Jared’s story can help us realize the importance of addressing those issues before they take control of you and make you do stupid, sick shit.
Hope you figure out this balance in prison Jared.