Analyzing Chuck: Could A 100-Pound Girl Beat Another Person Up?

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Nicole Richie reprised her role as Sarah Walker’s high school tormenter Heather Chandler in last night’s Chuck. While her delectably evil attitude is almost a bit too convincing, we’re not quite sure that we believe that the 5’1” star who reportedly weights 98 pounds could take anyone down.

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On Ryan Seacrest’s October 4 KIIS FM Radio Show, Richie admitted, “I got to shoot guns for the first time in my life and it was fun, but I couldn’t lift the gun up myself, the guy had to put it on my shoulder.” We have a hard time accepting that waif thin stars like her and Angelina Jolie in Salt could actually be a force to be reckoned with.

However, Doctor David Schachter, Professor of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, said the Chuck story line could be plausible. Although highly difficult, Schachter said, if someone Richie’s height and weight had the proper training in speed, agility and balance she might be able to fend off the attack. That is, assuming she was a completely healthy individual with no eating disorders.

“The only way she could possibly defend or attack somebody without a weapon obviously, would be some form of martial art where she could use things like balance and speed,” he said. “She would have less force but knowing where to apply it could help counterbalance the attack.”

“Someone who was a big, fat clumsy person might be (defeated), if (the smaller person) was quick and knowledgeable, but it would take a good deal of training,” Schachter added.

Since her character on Chuck is a highly trained international woman of espionage, we guess it is likely that she could take down Sarah Walker. As for Chuck taking down “Stone Cold” Steve Austin… well, that’s a story for another time.

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