There's a common misconception that professional athletes have to be in tip-top shape to be good at their sport. However, this is not true. Not every athlete has to have the brawny body of Lebron James to be successful. Take Marcell Dareus (Buffalo Bills, DT) or Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers, 1B) for example. These two stars are at the top of their positions in the NFL and MLB, respectively, and don't have the abs, stamina, or muscle tone of players who rank below them.
Ever heard of the expression "like father like son?" Well, it rings true when it comes to professional athletes' children looking like them. Some athletes who are heavy set have children that follow in their footsteps. Body type is a product of genetics and environment meaning if a child's parents are bigger sized, then he/she will most likely be too.
On the other hand, there are also athletes in great shape whose kids are not built the same. Kids with professional athletes as parents usually grow up living a luxurious lifestyle and with that comes a lot of temptation. Some kids on this list grew up with personal chefs who could make them whatever foods they want when they want. Ahh, wouldn't that be nice?
Before I begin this list, I just want to make one thing clear. The purpose of this list isn't to shame anyone for his/her body type or make fun of anyone. Most of the overweight kids on this list are athletes in training, who love to play sports, while many are young children who still have their baby weight. Chances are if I grew up with a personal chef at my service, I would definitely be chunky too.
The main purpose of this list is to compare how famous athletes' genes transferred over to their children and to predict if they will look like their parents when they grow up.
10 Scott Wells - Jackson Wells
9 Warren Sapp - Warren Sapp II
8 Tony Gwynn - Anisha Nicole
7 Diego Maradona - Giannina Maradona
6 John Daly - Shynah Hale
5 Angel Cabrera - Angel Cabrera Jr.
4 Prince Fielder - Haven Fielder
3 Cecil Fielder - Prince Fielder
2 David Ortiz - D'Angelo Ortiz
1 Magic Johnson - E.J Johnson
E.J Johnson is the 22-year old son of the retired basketball legend, Magic Johnson. E.J, once overweight and out of shape, is now undergoing a transformation. Like his dad Magic Johnson (the former point guard for the LA Lakers), E.J is 6"8' tall. This 'Rich Kids of Beverly Hills' reality TV star is slimming down while staying in style. E.J is known for his fashion knowledge and after being big for his whole life has decided to change his habits. He currently does Pilates and other high-cardio workouts four-times a week to shed the extra fat. He's cut out alcohol, fried foods, and high-levels of sugar as part of his new lifestyle, according to an interview he did with The Wendy Williams Show. Through his weight loss transformation, E.J. has achieved more confidence and lost over 100 pounds. Go E.J!
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