Obese Girl Loses 66 Pounds, Maintains Healthy Diet

200 lb 9-year-old struggling with obesity transforms her body and her life.
4:45 | 12/10/12

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studio about to get an inspiring start of the week right now. At just 9 years old, breanna wayed almost 200 pounds. In less than a year, she transformed her body and her life. We're going meet her and her paints in a moment. Take a look at her remarkable journey. By the time she was 9 years old, breanna bond was 186 pounds. She became a target for bullies. Everybody at school would call me names. Fatty. Fathead. Say hi. Hi. Reporter: Her weight gain began as a baby. By kindergarten, she was 100 pounds. I couldn't keep up. You want some tomato basil and mozzarella. Reporter: Her mom took the matter in her hands. Before long, breanna lost 37 pounds. A long with a healthy diet that limits fat to 20 grams a day, she game hitting her home treadmill for an hour and 15 minutes every day. She glaning basketball and joined the swim steam. She inspires me on a daily basis. She's an inspiration to the world and all children with weight issues across america that you can do it with a pair of tennis shoes and motivation. It's totally changed the course of her whole life. And wait until you see her now. You ready to come out? Come on, breanna. come on over. You look fantastic. So you've lost 66 pounds, how do you feel? Great. I'll bet you do. You look so great, so healthy and happy. Heidi and dan, breanna's prarnts here as well. Heidi, you took the initiative here. There are parents with the same struggle. How did you do it? An hour and 15 minutes a day on the treadmill. Out of that, we run 25 minutes. She, along with healthy eating, we changed our eating habits completely. Give us an example. We focus on fat grams. We're, as a family, under 20 grams of fat a day or less, and as low as sugar as possible. This was not easy. And dan, I know it took some Absolutely. We have a stubborn little girl here. And -- whoa. She begs to differ. And, yeah, there were definitely some battles. What was the hardest part for you? When I first started. It was the walking. Because it was just, I wasn't used to it. You just went out there and you guys did it, every day, as family. Yes, there's not -- in the beginning, we did it as family. We went at night in the rain in the hail in the fog, nothing, we had -- zero tolerance policy. We're doing the walk no matter what. This was not just unhealthy eating habits. You knew from the beginning when she was baby that she would have to struggle with this. Yeah, slow metabolism. Her medpediatrician said she would grow into her body. We had her tested from thyroid to diabetes. Her endocrinology was tested. She joined a swim team. She was still gaining weight. How has this changed your life? All good? What's the best part? Ky be involved with sports and I ep up with my friends when we're playing. I can just move more. That makes a big difference. What would you say, if parents are watching, what is the one big piece of advice you would give them? Start as soon as possible. Exercise, healthy eating habits, and -- and don't be afraid to do the tough love. It's worth it in the long run. It's their life at stake. It sure is. You all look great and happy. Thanks for coming in. Breanna, you are an inspiration.

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