Richard Simmons was once the flamboyant king of keeping fit, but the star has kept out of the spotlight of late. Now, with fans worried about his own health, shocking new details have emerged that may explain Simmons’ mysterious absence. And the news is unlikely to put his followers at ease.
But although we know him for his exuberant nature and fondness for fighting fat, Simmons wasn’t always so healthy. As a child, for instance, the future star was out of shape and struggled with obesity. Even medication and established weight-loss programs did little to decrease his size. As a result, then, Simmons once tipped the scales at 268 pounds.