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By 11 Years Old, She Weighed 280 Lbs.

Name: Amanda Pruss
Age: 22
Height: 5'4"
Before Weight: 280 pounds

How I Gained It: At age 8, growing up in Alaska, I started putting on weight after my parents divorced. My mother and I both turned to food for comfort. Lack of daylight and temperatures as low as 60 below in winter were conducive to depression and weight gain, and I had both. I wasn't very athletic and had very little knowledge about diet and exercise. By the time I was 11 years old, I weighed 208 pounds. I stayed between 220 and 240 pounds until I turned 18.

Then I started packing on the weight. My boyfriend and I were living in a trailer in the middle of nowhere in North Pole, Alaska, outside Fairbanks. Fuel was expensive and often I would go without heat, staying in my bedroom using a heated blanket and a space heater. I was in a deep depression and did nothing but eat, surf the Internet and sleep. I would eat whole boxes of cereal, pretzels with cheese, candies, chocolates -- almost any form of junk food. I was devastated that I had gotten so far away from the person I remembered being. click here to read more

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