You probably already know that Tom Hanks has type 2 diabetes; he revealed that in 2013.
But he’s starting to regret not taking better care of himself when he was younger.
“I’m part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady,” said Tom in a new interview featured on E Online.
“I was heavy. You’ve seen me in movies. You know what I looked like. I was a total idiot,” he said.
Tom revealed that to fix the situation, he would make slight alterations to his meals, thinking that this ‘diet’ would actually be enough. “I thought I could avoid it by removing the buns from my cheeseburgers,” he explains. “Well, it takes a little bit more than that,” said the Oscar-winning actor.
But his doctor said that there is a way to get rid of the disease. “My doctor says if I can hit a target weight, I will not have Type 2 diabetes anymore,” said Tom.
“My doctor said, ‘Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school, you will essentially be completely healthy.'”
“You will not have Type 2 diabetes,” the doctor said to Tom.
To which Tom replied, “Well, then, I’m gonna have Type 2 diabetes, because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.”
But what about those roles where actors have to lose or gain weight? “I’ve talked to a number of actors who have gained weight for roles, and just the sheer physical toll it puts on one’s knees and shoulders—no one wants to do it again,” said Tom who would also no longer be willing to gain or lose weight for roles.
“I’m 57 and I don’t think I’m going to take on any job or go on vacation again and see to it that I can gain 30 pounds.”