A girl who at 9 lost 66 pounds says she can move and breathe easier, and the bullies who once picked on her for weighing 186 pounds are now leaving her alone.
Breanna Bond tipped the scales at close to 200 pounds by the time she was 9 years old, weight that made it difficult for her to do everyday things. It also made the California girl a target for bullies at school, ABC News reported.
“Everybody at school would call me names,” Bond said. “They would call me fatty, they would call me fat head.”
The girl’s weight gain started from birth, and, by the time she reached kindergarten, Bond already weighed 100 pounds. It was so difficult on her small frame that she couldn’t keep up with the other children while they played.
“Her pediatrician always said that she’d grow into her body and then, after a while, we went and got other doctors’ opinions,” Breanna’s mother, Heidi Bond of Clovis, Calif., said today on Good Morning America. “We had her tested for everything from thyroid to diabetes — her endocrinology got tested — allergies, and everything came out fine so we knew at that point we had to step things up.”
The parents of the girl decided that 9 was too young for such weight and put Breanna on a program where she lost 66 pounds. They designed an exercise regimen not only for Breanna but the entire family. Together they walk the four-mile trail near their home.
The program was relentless, Heidi Bond says.
“There was nothing that stopped us,” she said. “We went at night, in the rain, in the hail, in the fog, nothing. We had a zero-tolerance policy. We’re doing the walk, no matter what.”
Combined with a diet that limits fat intake to 20 grams per day, the program has helped the girl lose 66 pounds.
Her parents hope the girl who at 9 lost 66 pounds can be an inspiration for other children battling obesity. They recommend that parents start as early as possible, drilling good eating and exercise habits into their kids.