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Michael Prager      

I'm a lapsed journalist now writing books and speaking professionally. I speak about food addiction and obesity, and about sustaining personal change.

Michael Prager believes in the power to change, born not from faith but experience. His trial was excess weight, begun as a fat kid and flowered as an obese adolescent, surpassing 300 pounds for the first time at age 15 and twice more until topping out at 365 pounds at age 33.

During that time, he lost more than 130 pounds twice, and lesser amounts more times, but never kept it off. If you’d asked him why back then, he would have said a) I know what I need to do; I just need to work a little harder, or b) I don’t know. Today, he's maintaining a 155-pound loss for better than 20 years.

His first book,"Fat Boy Thin Man," broadens the obesity discussion to include the effect of food addiction and the value of lifestyle changes, rather than merely food-plan changes. The book reached No. 40 in Amazon’s universe of books.

His current work interprets his experiences more deeply, so that it informs not only obesity but any healthy personal change. His book “It Matters” contrasts global sustainability with "personal sustainability," his term for resolving personal challenges reliably over a long period.

Michael has been interviewed by ABC’s “World News Tonight,” NPR, the BBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Washington Post, and dozens of other print, television, radio, and internet outlets.

Before devoting his professional life to this work, Prager was a daily newspaper journalist for 30 years, most recently for 14 years editing the Boston Globe. His essays, news and feature stories, reviews, and op-eds have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines.

Prager is blessed with a wife, Georgina, who believes both in him and his mission to communicate these ideas, and a son, Joseph. The family lives together in Arlington, Mass.


Speech Topics

Sustainable You

Lifestyle = Work Style

Why Diets Won't Work for Food Addicts



Michael Prager: Lose weight, save the planet - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Michael Prager: Lose weight, save the planet. February 15, 2014 9:13 PM. Forum021614_dm. Daniel Marsula/Post-Gazette ...

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