Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Teen Girl, Once Bullied Because Of Her Weight, Is Now Inspiring Others To Start Their Diets.

Kids Are Bullied Everyday

Kids Are Bullied Everyday

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Saying that kids can sometimes be cruel is definitely an understatement. In just the last year, one out of five students reported being bullied by others. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 33 percent of the students that reported being bullied while they were at school said they were bullied at least once or twice a month. 13 percent of the students that reported being bullied said that they were called names, insulted, or made fun of; 12 percent of them had rumors spread about them; five percent were either shoved, tripped, spit on, or pushed; and five percent were purposely left out of activities. No one knows about being bullied better than a 17-year-old girl from Queensland, Australia, named Josephine Desgrand.

Issues With Weight

Issues With Weight

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When Josie was at her maximum weight, she weighed more than 265 pounds and was a size 20 or 22 in the UK. Because she was a bigger girl, Josie was the constant victim of horrible bullying, and mean looks, no matter where she went. Josie blames her weight on the large portion sizes she got used to eating and her lack of exercise. Josie wasn't just a target for bullies, her weight began to have a severe impact on her overall health.

Too Many Risks

Too Many Risks

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Even though Josie was only a teenager, she was at risk for diseases like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, gallstones, high cholesterol and triglycerides, a stroke, coronary artery disease (CAD), sleep apnea, along with many other conditions. Complications that come with being overweight include problems with hip development (slipped capital femoral epiphysis), bone growth in the legs, liver problems, polycystic ovary syndrome, and early puberty. So why wasn't Josie trying to lose weight immediately?

Scared To Go To The Gym

Scared To Go To The Gym

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When Josie was at such a large weight, she became too embarrassed to go to the gym. Considering that she was always being made fun of for her weight when she was just walking around, she assumed that a gym full of healthy people would treat her the same way, and that was the last thing that she wanted. What a contradiction! Making fun of an overweight person for going to the gym is like making fun of someone for going to a restaurant because they were hungry. Every single person has goals, but she decided to do things differently.

Josie's First Steps

Josie's First Steps

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Please note: if you want to go on a diet, or a new exercise program, make sure you speak to a doctor. Before Josie committed to an exercise routine, she chose to examine her diet. Josie's first step was to completely cut out sugar from her diet, including fruit. “I treated fruits as a candy bar and only ate a certain amount each week,” she said. “I also cut out carbs so I haven’t eaten bread or pasta or even chocolate in one year.”

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