Rapper David Banner says being overweight nearly killed him

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Reported by Liku Zelleke

David Banner is a rapper, record producer and an actor who hails from Mississippi.  People who see him rapping or acting today are presented with the image of a hearth and healthy man. But not too long ago, Banner was the opposite of fit. There was a time when he loved comfort food and it showed in his 255 lb physique. In addition to his unhealthy eating habits, he never worked out.

“I had high blood pressure, really high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and I was really close to diabetes,” Banner told Blackdoctor.org.

So, how did he take the bull by the horns and make changes?

“To be honest with you, I had a motorcycle accident, and when I went into the emergency room, my blood pressure was so high that the doctor really didn’t treat any of the injuries from the accident. He’s like, ‘Dude, you have a blood pressure problem that you need to handle,'” he said.

And handle it, he did. The first step he took was to start eating healthy, which proved to be quite a challenge, especially when he had to give up some of his favorite dishes.

“Macaroni and cheese is probably the hardest thing for me, so is fried chicken,” he admitted. “But there is nothing to be afraid of – everyone will eventually find a balance (and even favorite dishes) in a healthy diet.”

His advice to those seeking a healthy lifestyle:

“…what I tell people is this: once you submerge yourself into healthy eating, I am willing to bet any amount of money that you will find the same amount of healthy things that you like and dislike, that you would unhealthy things. I don’t like every unhealthy thing in the world. I don’t like fried catfish. There are certain things I don’t eat. But in the healthy world, there’s the same amount of things that I like and dislike, there’s certain things that I consider to be sweet. There’s a vegan smart cookie that they sell at Smoothie King that I love, and I really can’t taste the difference. There are certain healthy salad dressings that taste as good as the unhealthy ones, but you just have to take the time out to submerge yourself in that world to find those things.”

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