Garlin, who is also Curb Your Enthusiasm's executive producer, suffered a stroke as a result of his diabetes when he was 37. He decided to write a diary of his progress toward his goal of losing 50 to 100 pounds, and My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World is the result.
In addition to his work on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Garlin also spent three seasons on NBC's Mad About You in the role of Marvin, and has a variety of television and film appearances to his credit including Dr. Katz, Arrested Development, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Late Show with David Letterman, Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Daily Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Daddy Day Care, and WALL-E. He has also had his own HBO half-hour comedy special.
Garlin has been making the rounds of TV talk shows, where he has been saying that he is about half-way toward his weight reduction goal.
Here's a clip of Garlin on the Fox News talk show Huckabee with host Mike Huckabee discussing his book and his motivation in writing it.