It seemed that the world was working against Brandon Larson right from the start. As a child, Larson had more important things to worry about than his BMI. His father was a drug addict and an alcoholic, and his family had to follow the basics. His weight was never really the top priority. Therefore, when he was 20 years old, he reached 360 pounds.
But when his own child entered the world, Larson knew he needed to change something. And he changed it with a weight loss of 180 pounds.
"I have always been a 'hoarse' child, as my mother would say, as if I were growing up," said Larson Men's Health . "I remember playing outside and participating in scouts and boy scouts. I was not morbidly obese, but I was definitely overweight. "
During elementary school, Larson hid his weight behind a mask of humor, constantly trying to be the class clown to cover his grief.
"I always felt like giving or proving something to be liked," he said.
Finally, Larson had to move to a new middle school, where he knew no one and by his loneliness became stronger. At the same time, his father turned to "hardcore drugs," as Larson put it, and alcohol. Larson, his mother, and his brother just focused on surviving.
"I've come from someone who strives to attract attention, bring humor and illuminate scenarios, from someone who is passive, shy, shy and self-confident," he said.
High school went downhill as Larson's weight rose over 300 pounds. In ninth grade, he was wearing size 42 jeans. At college, he was 48 and over 360 pounds in height, though he does not know exactly since he stopped counting.
Soon everything changed. In his early 20s, Larson met the girl of his dreams and asked her to marry him on a trip to Hawaii. Not only did she say yes, but the couple had more big news for them.
"The ring was not the only surprise we brought from Hawaii. My wife actually got pregnant when we were there, "Larson said. "When my wife was pregnant, it made me think about what I do to myself and what I wanted. And I decided not to rush into an early grave.