Men’s Health Awareness Month: Kevin “Silent Bob” Smith Loses 50 Pounds
Men’s Health Network: June 26 at 2 PM EST Twitter Chat · Blueprint For Health PDF · For Black Males
There is a silent health crisis in America: the fact that on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Men’s Health Month is built on the pillars of AWARENESS – PREVENTION – EDUCATION – FAMILY.
· Women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men.
· Men have fewer infection-fighting T-cells and are thought to have weaker immune systems than women.
· Depression in men is undiagnosed contributing to the fact that men are 4 times as likely to commit suicide.
On February 25, 2018, between stand-up comedy sets, Kevin Smith, the Red Bank New Jersey-born actor-director-comedian known for playing Silent Bob, suffered an acute myocardial infarction — known among doctors as the “widow-maker” of heart attacks — with only a 20 percent chance of survival. “I ate the way I wanted to for 47 years,” Smith said. “I will try the way I’m supposed to and see what happens.”
Smith tried an all-potato diet, and then graduated to a broader plant-based plan similar to the one his daughter follows. It’s working: He hit his goal of losing 50 pounds in six months, and he’s keeping it off.
Every day, he has a session with his personal trainer (Shecky, a miniature dachshund) and meals prepared by a team of chefs (at the local veggie grill). He sticks to his vegan and low-sugar diet and practices portion control, scanning labels using the WW (formerly Weight Watchers) app — and he’s recently became one of their ambassadors!