My weight topped out at 397 pounds in 2006, and I'm 5'3". I'm significantly lower than that now, but I don't know by how much because I refuse to get on a scale. I had to change my whole life, and not just my eating habits.
The obesity statistics bother me for two different reasons. First of all, I know what being obese is like. Not only is it hard to find proper clothing and is difficult to get into certain places (movie theater seats were very difficult and depressing for me), but I know the stares, whispers, laughs and jokes. Some people think that others are whispering about them when they're in public, but it's amplified to the nth degree when you're 'different.' Secondly, though 'fat is beautiful' campaigns are popping up everywhere, fat is NOT HEALTHY. My blood pressure was out of control, I could barely grocery shop without running out of breath, and my feet were painfully swollen every day - not to mention cholesterol problems, and I was pre-diabetic. So we have millions of sick, insecure, depressed people who more often than not drown their sorrows in boxes of Twinkies and Oreos like I did, and occasionally still do.
I'm changing that day by day - and it is a struggle - but what breaks my heart is that we now have 300+ pound NINTH GRADERS in this country, and that they're not a rarity. Something has to be done.