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jason-cohenJason Cohen tipped the scale at 297 pounds when a buddy of his moved and left him a bicycle. That, along with the death of a slightly older, leaner friend, carrot-and-sticked Jason to a weight loss journey that soon turned into much more.

Fast forward a bunch of years, and Jason is on a mission to share how perfectly ordinary and miraculous each of us is. He's doing it via a podcast and a documentary on a bunch of people who have lost around 200 pounds and kept it off through diet and lifestyle. I met Jason through two of the film's stars, Josh LaJaunie and Tim Kaufman.

Jason and I chatted about his journey, his passion for spreading the word, and what he's discovered through connecting with others who have walked (and jogged and cycled and run) an even more drastic path.Jason Cohen tipped the scale at 297 pounds when a buddy of his moved and left him a bicycle. That, along with the death of a slightly older, leaner friend, carrot-and-sticked Jason to a weight loss journey that soon turned into much more

We covered:

  • growing up skinny and turning into a picky eater
  • chasing Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster
  • two friends, a bicycle, and a commitment to change
  • why phrases like “freshman 15” are so dangerous
  • “the only exercise was running from the couch to the dining room”
  • the subtle words of a victim mentality: “these are the cards I've been dealt”
  • winning a weight loss challenge (and the unfortunate prize)
  • Jason's slow but steady plant-based journey
  • offending others with our food choices
  • what Big Changes look and feel like (unable to cash a check at the bank with an old drivers' license)
  • how to talk to hopeless people who feel stuck
  • growing the idea of Big Change the Film
  • what Jason learned from interviewing people for the film
  • and much more…

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Big Change The Film

Big Change on Facebook

PYP #163: Tim Kaufman

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