Friday, April 23, 2010

Ricky Gervais Gets Healthy After Sausage Binge

Source: Telegraph UK (Summary by NIM)

What does it take for people to get healthy? Those of us who have made a change for better health either through diet, exercise or both have likely had some sort of 'Aha!' moment - or a turning point that stopped them dead in their tracks and said "I can't do this anymore". For Comedian Ricky Gervais, that's what happened after he gorged on 11 sausages right before Christmas.

In his own words, Gervais said "The two days before I went healthy I had 11 sausages. I couldn't stop eating them, I felt really ill, really bad and I had to lay there for a couple of hours, like a snake just trying to digest it." He was binge eating and just couldn't stop! Now I've heard of people eating a box of donuts or cookies but that is an
awful lot of meat and saturated fat! His poor heart!

Ricky, 48, has struggled with his weight since about the age of 29, but he has always had strong opinions about it. In an interview a few years ago he said "I laugh about being fat but I should be ashamed. I should walk down the street and have people shouting 'Fatty'." As harsh as that sounds, he felt that those words were what he needed in order to make a change. "That's what I want, to get me out of it." he said. Little did he know that eventually it would be sausages that were his catalyst.

In a perfect world for Gervais,"In supermarkets, the really fattening stuff should be behind a really thin door. Shops should be full of salads but if you want to get to the pies and cakes, you've got to crawl through a little tube." Sure, he's a comedian, but he may be on to something!

Find out more about Ricky's struggles with his weight here and here.