Rapper Eminem’s long drawn out battle with addiction has undoubtedly grazed a few of the biggest tabloids around the world.
What hasn’t often been covered and mostly overlooked however, was a repercussion to Eminem outside of just his under the influence wild antics and lyrics.
In that time, he was also putting on a lot of weight. Constant trips to McDonalds and Taco Bell got him to the point where he reveals to Rolling Stone, “The kids behind the counter knew me – it wouldn't even faze them.”
In that time, he was putting on a significant amount of weight; between “70-80 pounds”, he states. He’d gained so much weight that people were having a difficult time recognizing him.
He recalls being out and overhearing some kids talking. “One of them said, ‘That's Eminem,’ and the other said, ‘No it's not, man – Eminem ain't fat.’ I was like, ‘Motherfucker.’ That's when I knew I was getting heavy.”
During an interview with Men’s Journal, he discussed how he had reached a staggering 230 pounds by the time he went to the hospital for his overdose of pills.
He links the weight gain to his abuse of Vicodin and Valium, which he claims left a hole in his stomach. “so to avoid a stomach-ache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly.”
After a stay in rehab to help overcome his pill addiction, he returned to society, where he replaced one addiction with another.
“When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober. Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping. So I started running. It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect. It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another but one that’s good for them. I got an addict’s brain, and when it came to running, I think I got a little carried away. I became a f***ing hamster.”
His “addict’s brain” however, got the best of him, and Marshall took his running hobby to an obsessive level, “Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill(…)before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I'd come home and run another eight and a half.”
All that running soon started to take a toll on him, and he got to the point where he was injuring himself, “All the constant pounding from the running began to tear up my hip flexors.”
Now he enjoys doing in-home DVD workouts, “I was starting to dial back on the treadmill, I tried out some of those workout DVDs you do at home.”
Who could have guessed, the “Still Don’t Give A F**k” rapper following a high-energy workout video at home.
Just as with sobriety, Eminem was able to succeed with fitness too, “In the end I got down to about 149 pounds.”
Not too shabby for the recovering rapper who at one time was a daily at McDonald’s and Taco Bell.
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