Success Stories

Arthur Miller IV, Age 16: When Asthma Meets Obesity

Three years ago - the same year that he was classified as morbidly obese - Arthur Miller IV's asthma was so bad he was hospitalized on life support for three days. Even last spring, the 292-pound New Orleans teen was so incapacitated that his family needed a handicapped-parking placard when driving him around.

Dean Politis, Age 39: Work Program Helped Him Lose 200 Pounds

At Compuware Corp. in Detroit, software developer Dean Politis, 39, struggled for years with severe obesity. He tipped the scales at nearly 400 pounds. Fortunately, his firm emphasizes physical fitness and healthy eating by providing a partially subsidized gym, nutrition and fitness classes.

Kent Rieske, Age 65: He Used a High-fat/High-protein Diet

A 65-year-old mechanical engineer from Boulder, CO, Kent Rieske shed more than 40 pounds after his doctor warned him about high blood pressure. "After doing some research, I went on a high-fat and high-protein [but low-carbohydrate] diet that really seemed to work for me. I know I look better these days after losing 40 pounds, and I certainly feel better."

Kyle Williams, Age 16: He Heard One Too Many Fat Jokes

Two years ago, Kyle Williams was a 16-year-old who stood 5 feet, 5 1/2 inches tall and weighed nearly 300 pounds. "People picked on me so much with fat jokes I became a quiet type," he says.

Leigh Smith, Age 60: 'Little Tricks' Worked for Him

When Leigh Smith turned 60, his doctor warned that he was badly overweight at 268 pounds. High blood pressure and high cholesterol were likely to shorten his life.

Lynn Brown, Age 50: She Avoided Sugars and Starches

Soon after paralegal Lynn Brown of Salisbury, Md., had her second child in the mid-1990s, she started putting on weight. Within 18 months, she recalls, "I was 50 pounds heavier than I should have been, and I was miserable."

Peggy Dixon, Age 56: Ended Two Decades of Obesity

After two decades of obesity, Peggy Dixon had had enough. "I'd had my stomach stapled and I’d tried acupuncture, but nothing had worked,"says Dixon, 56, of Anchorage, AK. "And then one morning in February of 2001, I woke up and just said to myself: 'You're gonna do something about your obesity!'"

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