At the start of the narrative, young Andy expresses his passion for eating sweets, despite the obvious nutritional deficiencies therein. He delights in giving himself over to gluttony, shouting: "It's such a thrill to eat my fill, to gobble till there's nothing on the plate!" Andy is clearly well on his way to a life of quiet, heavy-set desperation.
The turning point in Andy's life comes when he's visited by Captain Vegetable, a mythical apparition who teaches Andy to practice denial and self-control. Andy promises to follow Captain Vegetable in all things, denying his gluttonous lower self and choosing the path of righteousness.
Remarkably, the very same thing happens to a kid named Eddie.