Inside Look at Lamar Odom’s Candy Addiction

By Gerry Pugliese

2679-LAMAODOM.JPGLamar Odom is a candy addict! The Los Angeles Lakers power forward fuels his body on mini-candy bars and Gummy Bears. He says eating candy before games helps him play better.

Now check this out. ESPN followed Lamar’s personal assistant around as he shops. And hunting for Lamar’s goodies is a full time job. The video is amazing!

Sometimes, Lamar actually wakes up at 3 in the morning, eats some candy and then goes back to sleep.

Wow! In a way saying, “Who cares? You only live once. Eat as much candy as you can eat” – it’s very philosophical, but at the same time, I imagine dentists across the country have just dropped dead.

Oh, and I got a question, exactly what was his barber cutting? The dude’s got a head like a Milk Dud – pun intended!

The obvious problems with candy

No. You don’t have to be a nutrition expert to figure this part out. Candy, i.e. sugar, is hardly a health food – despite Lamar Odom’s “success” on his candy diet. Eating too much candy can rot your teeth and your health.

Sugar helps speed up tooth decay, leading to cavities and other dental problems. And too much can also promote bacteria buildup in the mouth, especially Streptococcus mutans, which rots your teeth.

Other risks of eating too much candy include obesity and type-2 diabetes. Sugar is a concentrated energy source, meaning foods containing a lot of sugar are high in calories; candy especially.

Sugar and candy score high on the glycemic index, a measure of carbohydrates in food, which rapidly elevates blood sugar, this a major danger for diabetics and can be dangerous for none diabetics too. Candy as part of a poor diet can lead to diabetes.

Candy, sweets, and desserts should be eaten in moderation. Try saving sugary treats for special occasions. That will make their taste all the more sweeter.


  1. lola

    surely, even though he’s not gaining huge amounts of weight or whatever, he’s still putting himself at huge risk of developing diabetes/insulin resistance?

  2. Yum Yucky

    But what happens when retirement comes and he’s still got that sugar addiction (because that’s what it is)? I don’t think he’ll be able to quit cold turkey. He’s got sugar coursing through his veins.

  3. Kellie

    I agree! Watching that made me feel sick too. I thought I may be a little envious that he can get away with eating candy all the time. But no! It just looked like I’d be sick.

  4. Lana

    Thats insane! I felt sick just watching him eat all that sugar!
    I think probably because his practices and games are so intense and require a large amount of energy the candy is giving him a quick and easy way to replenish his energy stores.

  5. Spectra

    Eating candy doesn’t automatically give you cavities. It’s not brushing your teeth regularly that’ll do it. I eat candy all the time, but I also eat a lot of fruits and veggies that help to clean off my teeth as well. Maybe Lamar does the same thing; you never know.

  6. e.

    “…but at the same time, I imagine dentists across the country have just dropped dead.”

    Or they just pulled out the latest Mercedes brochure and hope this guy walks into their office! 🙂

  7. Mike

    I suspect he is not cutting his hair rather he is shaving his “milk dud”. I also suspect buddy won’t be happy with your pun.

    I know a lady in her 90’s who eats around a 1000 calories a day. 20% of her calories are from chocolate and about 10% from whisky. She still does her own yard work. There is no magic formula.

  8. Vanessa

    Wow – how strange. I wonder if he eats any real food