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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Fat Man Walking ...


Americans take fat man walking to their hearts
By Harry Mount in New York
(Filed: 23/03/2006)

An obese man who is walking across America to lose weight has become an icon to a country where two thirds of the population are fat.
Steve Vaught, 40, a former marine from Ohio, weighed almost 30st when he set off last April from the coast of southern California.
Now, 2,310 miles into his journey and travelling at a steady three miles per hour, he has reached Columbus, Ohio, and has lost eight stone and suffered stress fractures in both feet along the way.
Mr Vaught has 500 miles and six weeks to go to his destination, the Rockefeller Centre in New York.
But he has rejected a reported £2.5 million to advertise a diet pill and has refused endorsements for shampoo, vitamins and smoking patches.
The aim of his walk was not to make money but dodge an early death after he realised that walking along a supermarket aisle made him out of breath.
In his journal, Mr Vaught has mused on other factors that make Americans so fat. When he left San Diego at the start of his journey, he passed 21 fast food restaurants in four -and-a-half miles.
Fat Man Walking
Daily Telegraph

3 Comments:

Blogger Kristen said...

I lost 125 lbs and no one offered me anything. Damn, he's stupid.

9:30 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

125lbs? Wow, that's going some! What you need is a nice book deal, like this fellow!. Not bad, eh?

11:45 AM  
Blogger colcam said...

It just reminds one how important exercise is.

I will now walk away from the computer, down the stairs, and go to the kettle to make a nice cup of tea.

6:20 PM  

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