Gaining weight has been made largely into a vanity problem when really, it’s a health hazard with dire effects. There are the psychological scars that come from not “fitting in” socially as an obese person but the diseases that obesity can bring on are frightening, to say the least.
More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese and many of them are parents.
Kids and teens are taking after their parents both genetically and in the eating habits they’ve learned. Old habits die hard and genes are an extra obstacle to an already difficult journey but one teen proved that hard work and determination can come a long way.
His story has inspired the internet, proving anything is possible with the right help and drive to reach a goal.
Jacob Miller had been abnormally large his whole life. He was delivered five weeks prematurely but had he been carried to term, he would have been over 12 pounds; the average newborn baby weighs 7.5 pounds, to put that in perspective. By the time he reached his teenage years, he was gaining about 100 pounds a year, and at his heaviest, he was 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 707 pounds. He was only 15 years old when he reached this size.