Ethan Spiezer had always been an emotional eater – as he grew up, he often turned to food in difficult times to comfort himself. When he reached middle school, Spiezer recalls, he weighed nearly 200 pounds. "I've always had problems with portioning and healthy food," he says. 35-year-old Spiezer, who now works as a special educator in South Beloit, Illinois, says he's also struggling with severe asthma, which limits his level of activity. "The combination has proven to be a recipe for disaster," he says.
When his weight peaked in the mid-thirties, Spiezer estimates he weighs between 410 and 420 pounds.
"I would be sad if I was so tall and eating, which would make me worse. It became a vicious circle." The turning point turned out to be a photo that a spectator of Spiezer and his son had made during a boat tour on vacation in San Diego.
"I saw the picture and was appalled, not only because I looked like that, but also because I recognized the example I gave to my son," he says.
Spiezer opted for a healthier and more active diet that day, and has since gone through a dramatic weight loss transformation, taking more than 1
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