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Actor Ron Funches Lost 140 Pounds And Became A Leading Man

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Feb 18, 2019

This week's episode of The Sporkful podcast is up! Listen through the player or iTunes/Podcasts app. (And please subscribe!)

Four years ago, actor and comedian Ron Funches weighed 360 lbs. Today, he's about 220.

Many aspects of his life have improved as a result. He feels better about himself, his health has improved, and he's able to get leading man roles in Hollywood.

But his weight loss raises questions. Why did being fat limit him to TV roles like Homeless Guy #1? What happens when your friends only see your weight and not your personality? And how do you make sure a drastic weight loss doesn't flirt with becoming an eating disorder?

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This isn't Ron Funches' first time on The Sporkful. Back in 2015, his conversation with Dan, recorded on the floor in Ron's hotel (above), become a Sporkful fan favorite. At the time, Ron had just embarked on a weight loss journey. This week, he tells us how he lost the weight, and what he's learned from the experience. Plus he updates us on his autistic son Malcolm, who Ron and Dan talked about in their last conversation.

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Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

- "Can You Dig It" by Cullen Fitzpatrick

- "Coffee and Sunshine" by Erick Anderson

- "Fresh Air" by Erick Anderson

- "Pumpernickel" by Karla Dietmeyer and Olivia Ann Diercks

- "Saturn Returns" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt

- "Sun So Sunny" by Calvin Dashielle

Photos: Courtesy of Ron Funches and Erik Simkins

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