The curious thing was that I hadn't really noticed that I had got so out of shape, so unhealthy, find it quite shocking looking back at these old photos...how could I not know? There were signs, the kidney stones, the gall bladder operation. When they took my gall bladder out they were supposedly shocked by the amount of cholesterol (this was in Japan). I was wearing smart designer suits back then, thought I looked sharp enough.
That's the scary thing I'm guessing the majority of overweight and unhealthy middle aged men think they're pretty much OK, could do with losing a few pounds perhaps but on the whole think they're fine and don't realize how much they've let their health slip or how much work it will take to turn it around and that it will get harder each year, they need to start now, today not wait for the next New Year Resolution..
I got into yoga almost by accident but it became a passion. As so often with yoga I changed other areas of my life to fit in with the practice, ate less, pretty much cut out drinking, eventually went veggie. I wasn't trying to be fit or healthy, I just wanted to practice yoga more comfortably.
There needs to be a government campaign one of those awareness raising ads that says, hang on a minute, you don't just need to lose the odd couple of pounds you need to rethink how your living your life and it's important because people are dying from this.
That’s the article I’d like to see from the New York Times magazine.