Gamer loses 224 pounds playing Rock Band



12:00 PM on 12.30.2011

Note: Our own Jim Sterling confirms that he is not the kid in question.

In that strange world where they use odd measurements like stone lives a gamer named Marc Rodwell. Marc's overeating of curry, pizza and soda had him literally breaking scales at 36-stone, or over 500 pounds. He was told that he would not live to see his 24th birthday.

But then he found Rock Band

Harmonix's rhythm game literally saved his life. Well, that and a better diet and exercise. He started drumming and never stopped, and through that he has lost 224 pounds. 

"On Rock Band you really work up a sweat. I play all the instruments but I especially think the drums have helped with my weight loss," Rodwell told Daily Mail.

"I feel like a completely different person, I feel great."

Sure, lifting weights and eating better makes a difference, but Marc gives Rock Band a lot of the credit: "'It sounds silly to say I play a game as an additional workout but you would be surprised how many calories you burn in two hours of drumming."

"I feel amazing. I celebrate my 24th birthday in February so it will be a real milestone to reach that age."



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