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Sir Charles watches what he eats

FILE - in this Aug. 13, 2010 file

FILE - in this Aug. 13, 2010 file photo, Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Charles Barkley, representing the 1992 USA Olympic "Dream" Team, pats his heart as he speaks during the enshrinement news conference at the Hall of Fame Museum in Springfield, Mass. One result of the NCAA's new deal with CBS and Turner Sports to televise the men's basketball tournament is that TNT NBA announcers such as Charles Barkley will be now analyzing college games. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) (Credit: AP)

Charles Barkley often is less than cautious about what comes out of his mouth, but he has gotten more careful about what goes into it.

The TNT analyst is a spokesman for Weight Watchers’ “Lose Like a Man’’ campaign, which debuts on Christmas Day, and has been making the interview rounds extolling the virtues of fruits and vegetables – including previously exotic non-options such as Brussels sprouts, asparagus and cauliflower.

Barkley, once 100 pounds over his playing weight at 350, is approaching 300 on his way down.

“The last thing I want to do is be an old fat guy taking medication,’’ he said.

     

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