Tuesday night marked the first showing in the Charles Barkley versus Shaquille O’Neal shirt off contest. To decide the winner, Inside the NBA turned to Twitter for some help. Wednesday night, the winner was announced. Charles Barkley was the winner with 53 percent of the vote. Big ups to Charles Barkley.
Even though only one of the guys could technically win the contest, I think they both. Both men lost a lot of weight and they look to be in a lot better shape than I would have guessed. Shaq’s painted on abs may have been a bit over the top, but it was part of the comedic side of the situation. Either way, both guys did a great job losing a bunch of weight.
Obesity is a problem in the United States. Having Shaq and Chuck do this may not get a lot of people convinced to lose weight, but anyone they influence is a big plus. Sometimes people just need that little extra push to start dieting and exercising. If this odd contest convinced some people to do that, then it was a great success.
I’ve said before that this could go farther than basketball. Imagine our favorite football stars or baseball players doing this. It could spread the message of losing weight and living healthy to even more people. That is not exactly a bad thing. The more people that are in shape, the better that they feel.