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With some artist suffering from serious health issues that has left some hospitalized or even dead.[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Fat Joe[/lastfm] has taken it upon himself to lose weight and become healthier by losing more than 100lbs.

According to HiphopDX.com:

Joey Crack tells Sanjay Gupta that he decided to shed pounds after the death of his closest friends and to control his diabetes.

In an interview with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta on Tuesday, Fat Joe further opened up about his obesity and the diseases associated with it. The Bronx native revealed that he’s now lost 100 pounds in an effort to maintain a healthy life.

He said, “I was talking to my trainer yesterday and he asked me, ‘When was the last time you were slim?’ I swear to God I think when I was a month or two months old. That was it, I was Fat Joe ever since.” As a successful rapper, his lavish lifestyle led him to splurge on food, he explained. “[I felt like] ‘I’m rich now. I can go to Mr. Chow’s and eat all the steak and lobster I want.'”

But with the death of his biggest influence and friend [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Big Pun[/lastfm] in 2000 as well as the deaths of six of his friends in the past year due complications with obesity, he said he felt his own life was in danger.

“I think I weighed about 450, 460 at my heaviest. I always took pride in being fat. That’s why my name is Fat Joe. And I always represented for the big people. But I realized at a certain point all my big people were dying…My best, best, best, best friends don’t even know this but I was diabetic for 16 years–since I was 14. And being that I lost weight [I have] no more diabetes.”

Fat Joe’s current weight stands at close to 250 pounds after the weight loss.

I hope what Fat Joe is doing will catch on to other artist who are in serious trouble with their health.

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