His treatment and weight remained largely unchanged for more than a dozen years before he slowly began taking steps toward recovery. He took up karate five years ago, getting regular exercise.
Then, his doctor at McLean Hospital in Belmont prescribed a new diet: He helped Dan cut out nearly all carbohydrates, replacing them with healthy fats and some extra protein. The diet took some getting used to, but after three years, it has become routine. If he goes out with friends, he’ll order a salad, or just sip a water and eat when he gets home.