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Jared Fogle
Fogle in 2007
Born Jared Scot Fogle
(1977-12-01) December 1, 1977 (age 37)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Residence Indianapolis, Indiana
Occupation Television personality
Years active 1999–present
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Title The Subway Guy
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Christie (2001–2007; divorced)
Katie McLaughlin (2010–present)
Children two

Jared Scot Fogle (born December 1, 1977), also known as the Subway Guy, is a former spokesman for Subway through appearances in the company's advertising campaigns. He gained fame for significant weight loss (now known as the "Subway diet"), attributed to eating Subway sandwiches, which led to his role promoting the company.

Subway campaign

Fogle first came to media attention in April 1999, through an article written in the Indiana Daily Student by a former dormmate about Fogle's weight loss.[1] Fogle was later featured in a Men's Health magazine article, "Stupid Diets. . . that Work!"[2] According to the article, Fogle had become obese by eating junk food and not exercising. Switching to eating at Subway, he changed his eating habits there to include healthier choices and smaller portions free of fattening condiments such as mayonnaise, which was followed by his significant weight loss. A Chicago-area Subway franchisee took the idea to Subway's Chicago advertising agency.[1]

The Bloomington Subway shop that Fogle habitually visited

As a test, the company ran a regional ad campaign. The first spot aired on January 1, 2000, introducing Fogle and his story, complete with a disclaimer: "The Subway diet, combined with a lot of walking, worked for Jared. We're not saying this is for everyone. You should check with your doctor before starting any diet program. But it worked for Jared."[3]

Fogle appeared in several television commercials along with sponsored in-store appearances throughout the United States. He gives regular talks on fitness and healthy eating.[4] In 2008, a Subway campaign celebrated Fogle's maintaining his weight loss for a full decade, with his announcement that he would retire his old pair of 62-inch (1.6 m) pants likely to a museum after a final "Tour de Pants" (a humorous reference to the Tour de France).[5] Fogle's presence in advertisements has decreased since 2008 due to the company placing more emphasis on its popular "$5 Footlong" promotion as opposed to nutritional value,[6] but by 2013 he had filmed more than 300 commercials and continues to make appearances and speeches for the company. Subway attributes one third to one half of its growth in sales—more than tripling from 1998 to 2011—to Fogle.[7]

Jared Foundation

In 2004, Fogle established the Jared Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on raising awareness about childhood obesity through educational programs and tools provided to parents, schools and community organizations.[8]

In 2015, Russell Taylor, director of the Jared Foundation, was arrested on child exploitation, possession of child pornography, and voyeurism charges.[9] He attempted suicide on May 6 at the Marion County Jail and was placed on life support.[10][11] Fogle severed all ties with him immediately following the arrest.[12] On July 7, 2015, the FBI and Indiana State Police investigators conducted a search at Fogle's Zionsville, Indiana home.[13][14] Subway and Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the investigation, according to Subway.[15] Subway has removed all references to Fogle from its website.[16]

Personal life

Fogle was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Norman Fogle, a physician, and Adrienne Fogle, a teacher. He is Jewish. His bar mitzvah took place in Israel and he was confirmed at his Conservative-Reconstructionist synagogue.[17] He married pediatric nurse Elizabeth Christie on October 14, 2001. They divorced on October 18, 2007. In November 2009, Fogle became engaged to teacher Katie McLaughlin[18] and the couple married in August 2010. In January 2010, People magazine reported that Fogle had gained weight but was planning to restart his weight-loss program to stop the backslide and slim up for his wedding in the summer.[19]

On November 7, 2010, Fogle completed the New York City Marathon in 5 hours, 13 minutes and 28 seconds. Jared, wearing bib number 57-459, finished in 36,968th place out of 44,829 runners who finished the race.[20]

As of 2013 Fogle, who is six feet two inches in height, weighs 200 pounds. He is reportedly worth $15 million, and has a "black card" for free food at Subway restaurants.[7]

In popular culture

  • In 2002, Fogle was the subject of the "Jared Has Aides" episode of South Park.
  • In the 2002 movie Austin Powers In Goldmember, the character Fat Bastard loses a lot of weight and claims that he went on the Subway diet, just like Jared.
  • In the 2011 American Dad! episode "Season's Beatings", three ways back in the Christian church are given, one of which supposedly is donating $10 million to charity. According to Father Donovan, that is "how Jared from Subway got back in."
  • Fogel makes a cameo in the 2014 Community episode "Basic Story". When Greendale Community College is purchased by Subway to be converted into Subway University, Fogel arrives to inspect the facilities.


  1. ^ a b Chip Heath & Dan Heath; Made to Stick, pp 218–221, Random House hardcover, 2007 ISBN 978-1-4000-6428-1
  2. ^ Duane Swierczynski, "Stupid Diets. . . That Work!"Men's Health14, no. 9 (November 1999), 94-98.
  3. ^ Mardis, Bill (September 3, 2008). ""Subway Guy" Visits Somerset". Commonwealth Journal. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Subway Diet; Jared Fogle Becomes A Celebrity By Losing Weight", 48 Hours Investigates, CBS, September 3, 2004; retrieved on February 18, 2008.
  5. ^ York, Emily Bryson. "Subway Can't Stop Jonesing for Jared", Advertising Age, February 18, 2008; retrieved February 18, 2008.
  6. ^ Matthew Boyle (2009-11-10). "The Accidental Hero". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  7. ^ a b Murray, Rheana (June 9, 2013). "Subway commercial spokesman Jared Fogle marks 15 years of turkey subs and keeping the weight off". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jared Foundation". 
  9. ^ Margason, Greg; Downing, Kendall (2015-04-29). "Executive director of Jared Foundation arrested on child pornography, exploitation charge". WXIN. 
  10. ^ Buckley, Madeline; Mack, Justin (July 7, 2015). "Police raid home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle". USA Today. USA Today. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ Wierks, Kyee (May 6, 2015). "Former Jared Foundation Director Russell Taylor attempted to commit suicide in Marion County Jail". WXIN. WXIN. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ Margason, Greg; Downing, Kendall (April 29, 2015). "Executive director of Jared Foundation arrested on child pornography, exploitation charges". WXIN. WXIN. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  13. ^ Adams, Matt. "Federal authorities raid home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle in child pornography investigation". WXIN. 
  14. ^ "Authorities search Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's home". CNN. 
  15. ^ 2015/07/07 "'Subway and Jared Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation,' a Subway spokesman said"
  16. ^ www.nzherald Jul 8, 2015 'Subway removed references to Fogle from its website and issued another statement, saying the two had "mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation.'"
  17. ^ Smason, Alan (June 15, 2006). "Subway guy’ helps open kosher Subway@theJ". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  18. ^ Tan, Michelle (January 8, 2010). "Jared the Subway Guy Is Engaged!". Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  19. ^ Tan, Michelle (January 18, 2010). "Jared the Subway Guy His New Weight Struggle". People. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  20. ^ Tom Spalding (November 9, 2010). "Subway pitchman Jared completes NYC marathon". Retrieved November 9, 2010. 

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