Singer and “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard is reportedly on health watch. Nicknamed the “Velvet Teddy Bear” because of his husky frame, Studdard has tipped the scale at nearly 400 pounds in recent months. Now, experts say if he doesn’t put himself on a diet, at 33-years-old, Studdard may not live to see the next decade.
“It’s diet or DIE for Ruben,” an source told the National Enquirer, explaining that Studdard started really packing on the pounds following his messy divorce from his wife of three years, Surata “Zuri” McCants, and stress over financial troubles.
Althought they have never treated Studdard, physicians Gabe Mirkin and Craig Title weighed in on Studdard’s health crisis. Mirkin tells the Enquirer that “Ruben’s weight is extremely unhealthy and dangerous,” while Title declares there is “a grave concern that Ruben will not make it to his 40th birthday at the rate he’s going.”