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10 May, 2006 - Published 14:23 GMT
'Fat man' finishes walk across US
A man who has been walking across the United States for more than a year to lose weight has finally arrived at his destination, New York. This report from James Westhead:
A forty year old father of two, Steve Vaught took the final steps of his epic journey as he crossed the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan. It took him a year and a month to walk the nearly four-thousand-eight-hundred kilometres from his home in California.
His original aim had been to lose weight after falling into a depression and developing an eating disorder . He did arrive a hundred pounds or forty-five kilograms lighter but said he had learned that weight loss was more about the state of mind than body . He now realised the secret to becoming thinner was being happier.
His voyage of self-discovery was viewed by millions around the world on his website "A Fat Man Walking" and he now plans to publish a book about his experiences. But before disappearing into a hotel, he told reporters his first plan was to put on some new socks.
James Westhead, BBC
falling into depression
developing an eating disorder
the state of mind than body
voyage of self-discovery
viewed by millions
his first plan
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