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Dwight Howard used to eat an absurd amount of candy

Dwight Howard has since kicked a sickeningly sweet habit, but details recently surfaced regarding a candy addiction that was completely out of control.

No one would ever forward the argument that the sculpted Atlanta Hawks superstar is out of shape by any stretch of the imagination. But a recent piece from ESPN’s Baxter Holmes about the NBA’s addiction to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches details how Howard’s candy habit once necessitated “a full-blown intervention.”

Howard evidently reached rock bottom, as it were, during his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013 when he began complaining of tingling in his hands and legs. Dr. Cate Shanahan, the Lakers’ nutritionist, reached out to Howard to discuss the issue. What was learned about Howard’s unhealthy diet is arguably unsettling.

Aware of Howard’s “legendary sweet tooth,” Shanahan suggested Howard cut out sugar for two weeks to see if he may be dealing with the prediabetic condition dysesthesia.

Via Holmes’ piece:

After calls with his bodyguard, chef and a personal assistant, she uncovered a startling fact: Howard had been scarfing down about two dozen chocolate bars’ worth of sugar every single day for years, possibly as long as a decade. “You name it, he ate it,” she says. Skittles, Starbursts, Rolos, Snickers, Mars bars, Twizzlers, Almond Joys, Kit Kats and oh, how he loved Reese’s Pieces. He’d eat them before lunch, after lunch, before dinner, after dinner, and like any junkie, he had stashes all over — in his kitchen, his bedroom, his car, a fix always within reach. She told his assistants to empty his house, and they hauled out his monstrous candy stash in boxes — yes, boxes, plural.

Two dozen chocolate bars’ worth of sugar daily for possibly as long as a decade? Candy boxes, plural?  That’s … not good.

Howard apparently agreed to dramatically clean up his diet so long as he could still eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When compared to what he had been eating, to say a few PB&Js a day was a significant improvement would be an understatement.

[CBS Sports]