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Jeff Garlin: How meditation helped curb my appetite

Transcendental Meditation News - UK    Translate This Article
11 July 2011

Jeff Garlin is best known as Larry David's roly-poly manager and sidekick in the award-winning TV sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm, of which he is also executive producer, but in London last month, where he performed in a number of stand-up comedy shows, Garlin surprised UK comedy fans and media with a lighter, healthier look.

The 49-year-old star of Toy Story 3 and Wall-E told the Guardian that he had struggled with compulsive eating and obesity all his life, and at his worst weighed 23 stone (over 320 pounds). He developed diabetes and heart disease, and had a stroke during the shooting of the first series of Curb Your Enthusiasm, but he still could not stop eating.

His turning point was learning Transcendental Meditation, which seemed to naturally change his relationship with food.

''Food has had a history for me of numbing feelings. . . . Now I do Transcendental Meditation, it's over. My goal is to be a wise man. And the only way to be a wise man is to be open to learning.''

The veteran stand-up of 29 years now has a recliner for meditating in his Los Angeles office, and has gone two and a half years without fast food and sugar, losing over 4 stone (56 pounds) in weight. 

Article adapted from: Jeff Garlin: How Meditation Helped Curb My Appetite on, the official website for the Transcendental Meditation Programme in the United Kingdom.

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