She had been trying to lose weight since elementary school, but diets never made a difference. She wasn't husky. She wasn't big-boned. By age 16, the 5-ft. 5-in., 291-lb. high school junior from Holts Summit, Mo., was undeniably obese. And each year, it was only getting worse.The story goes on to document her experience at Wellspring fat camp. After six months, she learned to watch what she puts in her mouth and managed to walk a half marathon. She's dropped 72 pounds and gone from dress size 22 to 14.
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