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10 May, 2006 - Published 14:23 GMT
'Fat man' finishes walk across US
Image of Steve Vaught walking across the US
Steve Vaught walking across the 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:

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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

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very long

original aim

falling into depression
becoming very unhappy

developing an eating disorder
becoming ill with a condition where you cannot control your eating habits e.g. You eat too much or too little

less heavy than he was before

the state of mind than body
a mental attitude than anything physical

best or only way

voyage of self-discovery
time of finding out more about himself

viewed by millions
seen by millions of people

his first plan
the first thing that he was going to do

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