Sen. Ted Kennedy Helps Trim the Fat on Capitol Hill by Shedding His Generous Girth
updated 04/13/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/13/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Kennedy, who has acknowledged a weight problem in the past, is keeping his mouth shut (no calories) on the subject. The diet is said to have begun as a four-way bet involving Kennedy, his sister Jean Smith, her husband, Steve, and their son, Steve Jr., who reportedly were also into self-improvement. (The Smiths won't comment.)
In the past a Kennedy meltdown has usually fueled speculation of a run for the Presidency. Since he has already pulled out of the 1988 race, Kennedy watchers are at a loss to explain the drop. "This was not presidentially motivated," insists Miller. Maybe it was vanity. "Let's face it," says another associate. "He hangs around with a lot of thin senators."