Girl, 9, Loses 66 Pounds After Being Bullied

    December 10, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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The issue of childhood obesity has become a strong talking point for many in recent years, with organizations set up to help introduce school-age children to better exercise and eating habits. With technology moving as quickly as it has in the past decade, kids need guidance more than ever on how to put down the MP3 players, tablets, laptops, and smartphones and get active.

When obesity sets in at an early age, it’s especially important to change certain habits in order to keep lifelong issues from developing, such as diabetes. At 189 pounds, 9-year old Breanna Bond was bullied at school and facing health problems when her mother stepped in and changed the entire family’s day-to-day activities, as well as their diet.

“Everybody at school would call me names,” Breanna said of her bullies. “They would call me fatty, they would call me fat head.”

That soon changed, however, with daily walks and the introduction of a treadmill into the family’s routine. Breanna also changed her caloric intake and watched the amount of fat she was consuming, resulting in a 66-pound weight loss. It has truly become a lifestyle change, and led to Breanna joining school sports rather than being left out because of her size.

“She is an inspiration to the world and all children who are having weight issues across America, that you can do it with a pair of tennis shoes and motivation,” her mother, Heidi, said. “It’s totally changed the course of her whole life.”

Image: ABC News

  • Brandon

    Work it girl – you did an awesome job, so beautiful!

  • Mike

    Thats awesome. Now her parents should be arrested for child abuse.

    • chris

      sure. lets just arrest mcdonalds, wendys, and all the other restaurants. lets arrest the makers of crisco, chips, candy bars and pop. Lets all eat lettuce and water. You all are going to turn our children into kids with anorexia or bulimia. Thats gonna help! lets just put everyone behind bars! Thats the answer to everything!

  • Marilyn Carr

    Breanna is to be commended and her parents should receive the Parents of the Year award.

    I have been obese for 77 years. I’ve always blamed it on an active fun-loving life style.

    If a 9 year old can do this, I should be able to do the same. Breanna, you are an inspiration, not only to other obese children but to all of us who should lose weight. Thank you.

  • Kay

    Congratulations, Breanna. You’re an inspiration to many. And thanks to your mom for teaching you the right way to do it!

  • Fed Up

    Why you thanking Breanna? You should be thanking Twinkie for going out of business!

    • http://webpronews karen

      you are a DICK

    • Rachael

      Spewing hate is disgusting.

      • Jennifer Wiseman


    • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

      Don’t be so critical of the parents of overweight kids. Especially when you may be the kind of parent who indulges your child with material things, allows tantrums, rude behavior, talking back, etc. Please let me meet the perfect parent! The whole problem sometimes relates to economics: high caloric, starchy food is cheap and, if your income is limited, that’s what you’re going to feed your family. Let’s just acknowledge that the mother stepped in, and she and her daughter got healthy! Should you people be throwing stones?

      • CAT

        Brenda: You are so right on here. I grew up in a single parent family with my mother working sometimes two jobs to put food on our table. And yes it was the cheapest and most generally heavy on the carbs. Unfortunately, the diet of those years didn’t hit me until i was in high school and the weight began to pile on. It was also a very hard time of life for me which didn’t help. My mother was constantly on a diet and at various times when i was younger she would padlock the food and dole it out for me which wasn’t enough for a growing girl. I lived in the era where you could turn in soft drink bottles at the corner store and buy the cheapest things to fill your stomach. I am aware Breanna had to be able to co-operate with her mother in order to diet. Kudos to them both for catching on early and changing the pattern of their lives.

        • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

          Yep, Cat, me too. That’s how I grew up. Fried potatoes, mac cheese, etc. There were six kids and one income, and, one of the kids was diabetic (in the 50’s not much was known about juvenile diabetes), so whatever money there was, went to his insulin. We didn’t eat candy, or cookies, cake, etc. Just potatoes, macaroni, bread. Not much meat.

          People assume too much when they see an overweight person. They immediately think: lazy and over eating. Not necessarily the case. However, when I meet an asshole, I know for sure that that person intentionally means to hurt people.

  • dee

    “Parents of the year”? how did they let her get that way to begin with? Best wishes to the child!

  • klvt

    She should thank the bullies.

    • DMW

      Thank the bullies…that’s the sickest thing I have ever heard

      • http://webpronews karen


    • http://webpronews karen

      no her mom that girl could have killed herself like many others , you people are assholes.

    • Jennifer Wiseman

      probably one of your children who bullied her. you’re disgusting!

  • http://webprotech gwen

    how could the parents let her get that big ??? she is 9 years old!! what does she know about nutrition? Thank God a light biulb went off in somebodies head to get her the help she needs, this could have turned out really ugly. Not necessarily this year but when her weight increased the remarks would as well … then wjat ????

  • Vicki

    Young lady, you were beautiful then and you’re beautiful now. I hope as you get older you realize how truly wonderful God made you. Keep up the good word and pray for those bullies.

    • http://www.swollencranium.com Gary Cranium

      No she wasn’t. She was disgustingly obese, and set for a lifetime of waddling about in search of snacks.

      Fatties should not be rewarded nor congratulated. They should be shunned and ridiculed into changing their disgusting behavior.

      Luckily, someone cared enough to call her a fattie to her face and that loving comment gave her the power to change.

      • chellllll

        id love to see what you look like gary..
        how do you feel trolling website talking about an accomplishment of a 9 year old.

        someone’s parents did love him enough huh Gary.
        sorry, not sorry .

      • Aly

        What the hell is wrong with you?

      • http://yahoo jb

        You really are a sad person. I feel more sorry for you than for her. At least she did something about her problem. Yours will probably be with you the rest of your life and that’s the problem of being a horrible person and having no compassion or tact!

      • Are u Kiddingme

        You Gary are the one who is disgusting. People were created different. Deal with it. judging by your comment sounds like you were either the bully or the bullied. either way you are a BULLY NOW. no one should be shunned or ridiculed except you. GROW UP. If you have kids I feel sorry for them.

      • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

        People need to understand that obesity is not a life choice. There are often underlying issues that contribute to a person allowing themselves to become overweight. People who ridicule, criticize and/or negate overweight people should just thank God they don’t have to cope with the same problem. Everyone has something that needs to be changed, and, when you criticize others, that allows you to ignore what’s wrong with YOU!

      • CAT

        Gary Cranium: So negative! What happened to you in your life that you cannot see beyond to forget and forgive? Breanna will do fine with her support while you are as an adult (in chronological years only) will carry this negative side of you forever.

      • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

        It is clearly apparent that you do not like overweight people. You make judgmental comments about “waddling through life”. I have met people who do not fit the optimum height/weight requirements, who eat healthy, and who exercise daily. They are not a size 8, however, even if they are 25-30 pounds “overweight”, their doctors are happy with the results of their blood pressure, cholesterol numbers, lungs, etc. People have a strange perception of attractiveness. You should probably hang out with the anorexic/bulemic crowd mentality kind of people who appeal to you.

        I am a “healthy” chubby, and I would not want to be friends with someone like you. In fact, further than that, I would not even want to know you.

        You obviously are beautiful, thin, have a great body, wonderful hair, white teeth, have a terrific personality, and all the friends one could want. Right?

      • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

        Idiots should not be rewarded or commended, either! You are allowed to breathe the same air as everyone else.

  • Rachael

    Its so easy for all these people to judge the parent and judge the girl. Nobody can judge any of them, especially when they have never been in such a situation. That is whats wrong with the world is far far far too much judgement!! Its disgusting! This should be a story of inspiration for the ones that do struggle with their weight! Not for all you people to judge and talk negatively! Go back to bed! This is a great positive story!

  • Chantele

    She’s well on her way to enjoying her adolescence and teen years in a healthy lifestyle.

  • Jen

    At least her mom realized their screwup and did something about it. I’m glad this kid turned it around. Now she can tell the bullies to suck it whenever she beats them in sports. Go girl!

    • CAT

      Did you stop to think the parents may have tried to do something but the daughter may not have been receptive? They needed her co-operation to introduce all the new ways of life to her. When Breanna was ready, she was ready to go the distance.
      Good luck and God bless you, Breanna, in your new life.

  • Savannah

    I’m glad she lost it but hate the fact she had to be bullied to get there. The parents should have noticed this much earlier and saved her a lot of trouble.

  • Lauren

    I wish that my parent’s had taken the initiative when I was a child to help me be more healthy… I ended up losing the weight, but not until I was 28. Good for this girl and her family on taking their health into their own hands!

  • Maude

    She lost the weight because she was 50 pounds behind Honey Boo-Boo for the world’s heaviest kid. She gave up!

    • GetReal

      You are truly a horrible person!

    • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

      Honey Boo makes no excuses for her weight. Nor, does her mother. I don’t agree with their lifestyle, however, Honey Boo seems to be a healthy, well adjusted child, with loving parents. She’ll lose weight when she’s ready. Right now, she’s cashing in some good money. Don’t you wish you could? Get off her! If you are going to say something about Honey Boo, at least let it be that she’s got a smart mouth that needs to be washed out with soap!

  • Norma

    congratulations sweetheart you are even more beautiful than you were before I hope alot of little girls are inspired to do the same I have been overweight all my life and have several grandchildren who could use you as a example

    • chris

      more beautiful than before? she was beautiful. That wasnt a very nice thing to say or at least not a good way to put it. you just told her that image is everything.

  • http://yahoo pattie

    i think you are awesome. Way to go.People just dont understand that obesity is a sickness,and you need help to stop eating the wrong things.We are all Gods children and should love one another.Help each other.

    • sUSAN

      Obesity is a problem in all ages, but that does not give loser bullies the right to say anything. I drove a school bus for 12 yrs. and when someone was bullied on my bus, I would pull over and ask all children who thought they were perfect to stand up,but I said Wait, you must not have acne, smell, good teeth (no braces) clothes have to match and look excellent, and etc. I in my driving career never had another bully problem again.

      • Sarah

        Wow, Susan. I think by pointing out the flaws of the children who were bullying, you were not giving them a good example at ALL. As adults, I would hope those who have daily contact with children of all ages would be able to judge how to handle those situations properly. Way to bully the bullies, Susan.

  • Norma

    I read all these comments and In my opion some of you should be arrested for bulling Grow up people

  • chellllll

    wow, congrats girlfriend!

  • Charlie Sheen

    Everyone should be thanking me, I gave Lindsey Lohan money for taxes and I gave Breanna crack to loose weight, I should be thanked!

    • sUSAN

      I am glad she lost weight but only for her health. These bullies have got to be stopped and this fake Charlie Sheen needs to see a priest

      • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

        You’re gonna hide behind Asshole Charlie’s name? At least he’s an original jerk, and you’re just a wannabe. Do you go from website to website, using that moniker as an excuse to be a creep? Too bad you don’t make the kind of money that idiot makes. Why don’t you try being original: be yourself. Oh, excuse me, you probably have so many personality issues, you don’t know who you are!

    • http://yahoo.com colossal

      Oh…Ok well thanks, then! ‘ppreciate it!

  • Bernie1

    Bless you….. :-)

  • Chris

    That is awesome, Breanna! You and your mother rock! I am proud of you and all the hard work you put in to achieve this goal. You’re an inspirattion to children and adults alike – YOU GO GIRL!!!! :-)

  • DNA

    You are what you eat…..Wonder what her mother gave her to eat, process foods, take out fast foods, soda , mac & cheese?

    Americans are the fatties of the world. This country was not fat before 1955, fast food and process foods got us fat! Large sugary sodas!

    • Mya

      Okay First Off just cause AMERICANS Eat out does not make them fat .. I eat out all the time and I dont run or anything Im 100 pounds .. This status you posted is wrong in so many ways .. People eat for many reasons like Depression or They feel like no one likes them their are so many reasons please just shut up.!

    • http://topwhitepapersandresources Dolores Aquadro

      yes, before TV, computers and electronic games, children played outside like jump rope, skating on the sidewalks, chase, baseball and hide and go seek. we were active and the calories did not pile up. So each family has to make sure they all get plenty of work or play to help this problem

  • Jennifer Wiseman

    I think all the hateful comments are from people with nothing better to do with themselves but make others feel beneath them. I can’t believe a grown person would say such horrible things about a 9 year old. Who cares how she got to the weight she was. She is just blessed that her mother saw a problem, and changed their ways. It is easy to spoil a child and just say “yes” to what they want. Some people should look at their parenting skills before talking down to others. It is amazing to me so many people commented on the mother, but did not mention the parents of the bullies. Those are the parents that should be shunned.

  • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

    I am just disgusted, amazed, sickened, by the people who throw crap against the wall and let it stick. You can’t be happy for someone who accomplishes something positive. All you want to do is blame, judge, and write inane and stupid remarks about people who accomplish something! Do you have ANY happiness at all in your lives?

    • chris

      yep, thats it.

  • Teacher

    I have had very heavy students and they almost always had parents to match. We have a no-bullying policy, but it’s hard to prevent kids from making unkind comments when no adult is within earshot.

    I’m glad the parents decided to make a whole family lifestyle change. Without the family being involved, the girl wouldn’t have been able to do it alone. It’s very difficult but worthwhile.

    • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

      I worked in juvenile corrections for many, may years. I met kids’ parents who were law abiding, church-going, employed, caring, etc. I also met kids’ parents who had a history of criminal behavior. There is no formula for what causes a kid to go bad, to get heavy, to lie, to use drugs, etc. It’s not always the parents’ fault when a child does something wrong, or gains weight, or whatever else goes on. Kids can sneak food, eat at the neighbors’ houses, with friends, whatever. The bullying was not the catalyst for this brave little girl losing the weight. Her poor self-esteem was the motivator for this triumph!

  • R Arlo

    Wow. What a fantastic job. It is true, people can be mean. Having been there and accomplishing the same thing, I realize how you feel. Stay positive and keep going. You can be a great inspiration for other children in the same situation…

  • Ali

    Breanna you are truly an inspiration to alot of people…adults as well. As far as all of you assholes who have nothing better to do than CYBERBULLY children like this, you need to get a life and stop trying to draw company to your miserable one!! This 9 year old has more ambition, strength, and willpower then you low-life scums that are posting degrading comments about her, will EVER HAVE!! I have 5 children, all of which are different, and also all of which have been parented the same way….strange enough, 2 of those five children have weight issues that they battle everyday…so you wanna say it’s STILL poor parenting??!! you uneducated assholes need to go back to school!

  • http://topwhitepapersandresources Dolores Aquadro

    I am so happy for this child’s future and I admire the mother for changing the family’s lifestyle. People that make fun of over weight people, do not realize the torment that they are causing

    • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

      There is no positive side to bullying!

  • Christi

    Sometimes bullying can initiate a change in someone. In no way am I pro-bullying but sometimes you just need harsh criticism to give your life a new shape. I really commend this girl and all the others that took bullying face on and changed their life because of it!

  • Joe

    See, bullying works. Stop getting mad a people calling others what they are, fat. If your offend by being called fat, this little girl set a perfect example on how to handle that situation.

    • kiki

      You’re right of course; you are a complete and utter idiot! See how that helps? I’m sure from now on you’ll be less of an idiot. I love being helpful!

    • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

      Okay: you are an asshole! If I meet an asshole, I think, “that person doesn’t deserve to be alive”. So, therefore, you do not deserve to be on the fact of this earth. How do you like it, jerk?

    • BJ

      WTF Joe! At no time is it ever ever acceptable to bully. Her mother took the right steps for the “whole” family. Are you saying bullying will help the gay men/women become heterosexual???? You are the classic example of a man with a narrow minded mind. Bullying is nothing like is was when I was younger. It’s full of hateful words, violence and has taken on a new life! IT IS NEVER EVER EVER CORRECTIVE BEHAVIOR TO BULLY SOMEONE!

      • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

        The reason people bully is because it takes the attention away from their own perceived flaws. There are a lot of things I don’t like in this world, however, it is not my mission to make someone miserable because they don’t meet my expectations. Too much judging going on. Remember, when you point your finger at someone, you have four others pointing at yourself.

      • Mrs. Phillips

        Thank you so much Bj for this comment. I am a Learning center owner and pre-K teacher with 7 children of my own. A I applaud this families efforts. I wish all families would take part in getting our children off the couches and outside doing some sort of activites. I also agree that bullying is never ever o.k. If, you have a problem with someone’s apparence Joe please keep your, small minded comments to yourself; it not only degrades the person you are speaking negatively about but it degrades you as well.
        Let’s be kind to each other and uphold each other in a positive way. We also need to show the younger generation that it is NEVER o.k. to bully…
        Have a Great on guys!

  • Joe

    Those fat girls from Chippy D’s restaurant should take a lesson from this 9 year old.

    • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

      Perhaps, since they offend you, you should look at them! I’m positive that your opinion of them doesn’t create any anxiety in their lives.

      • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

        Excuse me, I meant: : do NOT look at them.


    Bullying is a terrible, terrible reality all kids/parents must deal with today. You can let it defeat you or do as this child did – she didn’t feel sorry for herself, took control of the situation, and ultimately came out a winner! WE all have the power to do this! Some people choose to, others let bullying defeat them.

    • Arline

      because she had a pediatrian that was a idiot.,, and they spent a lot of money on test that were unneeded.

  • yvonne


    • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

      Does it really matter how long it took for the mother to do it? It has been rectified. Just celebrate that. Don’t judge. Don’t you have a problem or two that could be corrected?

  • F

    Why did it take Mom 9 YEARS to take control??????

    • Lauren

      Denial perhaps? A lot parents are in denial about their unhealthy habits. The mom was probably overweight or just never cared until she saw how it affected her child. I give them their props though. Its harder as you get older. I speak from experience.

  • erlinda tonel

    I sincerely congratulate both (mother & daughter) for their effort to change their everyday activities and diet. I hope others will follow suit. I truly believe that a simple (30 min.) walk everyday or at least 3 day/week of 20 min./mile will help us. It does take will power. Again, congratulations!

  • Admirer

    You go girl!

  • Julie

    Inspirational family!!

  • Jeff

    This is truly an inspirational piece. I give major credit to anyone who can take control of their lives to over being obese (my lil brother did the same thing around 13).

    Bullying works though! Not all bullying is bad and it’s all in how it’s taken. She was bullied and wanted to make a change, so she did. Congrats.

    • Cindy

      No matter what….people shouldn’t be bullied and the bullies should never be thanked. She could just as easily have killed herself. I take it you were probably one of the bullies as a child!!!!

      • Mike Johnson

        I was bullied as a child for being overweight, I lost 70lbs through high school, now I’m in the military, in amazing shape, and doing better than I ever was. If people weren’t around make you realize there are things wrong with you whats the motivation to ever change? It feels amazing now to get made fun of for being ripped instead of being fat. This “sissy” mentality is going to destroy the country. Yeah people do commit suicide and its a shame, and there are times when it is taken WAY to far, and that’s not right, however, I think at the end of the day more benefit is done than bad. Often time the fear of being bullied prevents kids from getting themselves in those situations to begin with.

    • Barbara Galley

      Sorry, Jeff
      Bullying is the cowards way and anyone who defends it must also be a coward.
      This could have quite easily turned tragic.

  • TW

    so it took a bunch of 9 year old bullies to realize that she was fataly overwieght. I mean really she should thank those kids because if the hadden’t said all that stuff ( not to say it wasn’t rude, it was) she would still be way overwieght and losing years of her life. Those “bullies” actually saved her from a short lived life.

    • http://Facebook Brenda Murphy

      I can’t believe that you, and others, think that bullying, in any form is okay. Bullies will bully anyone who lets them get away with it. Bullies are cowards. This girl and her mother became motivated to eat healthier and exercise more, and became fit. Give them some credit! There will be emotional scars from the bullying, but, I bet Breanna will become an advocate for other victims of bullying.

      Since you think the bullying was the motivating factor in her
      success, you are condoning bullying! You are condoning the very behavior that drives kids to suicide, even more weight gain, becoming physically violent!

      People, stop blaming the mother. Stop asking “why she waited so long”. Stop praising the bullies. Stop blaming fast food. Just congratulate the child on her motivation and success.

      She was heavy, she had a poor diet, she didn’t exercise. Now she’s thinner, eats well, and exercises. That’s the story. Congratulations to her for her success!

      • Barbara Galley

        Excellent response. I could not have said it better. Congrats to this entire family.

        Boo to bullying.

      • Just Me

        Yes Brenda, great comment. Let’s thank the bullies?????? Some people just have no clue.

    • Brittany

      Yeah. With that logic, we would never have kids just commit suicide over bullying. They would all either lose weight, become un-gay, stop wearing glasses, etc.

    • ariel

      The sad part that is even though she lost the weight, she’ll probably always feel like sh!t about herself because of the bullying.

      • http://webpronews D.M.Taylor

        Ariel . . . take a good look at that face. That little girl has overcome more than her weight. She exudes confidence, even in her picture. . She likely has learned — or soon will, I hope — that only small people who don’t like themselves have to gain their own “worth” from hurting someone else.

        Words do hurt. But looks to me like this little girl has had some good input since the bad, and has overcome that hurdle, too.

        (Another “life lesson?”) Blessings to you Brianna.

  • antigone jimenez

    No the inspiration is not to allow your daughter to get to that point. It is the parents neglect that started it in the first place. Then you have the kid get teased and struggle to take off the weight you allowed her to put on. How she will associate weight as an identifying reason for her acceptance rather than who she is as a person. Fail on so many levels. It’s good she has lost weight, but what is the emotional damage the neglect caused her in the wake.

    • Just Me

      OK Mr./Mrs. Perfect!!

    • http://webpronews D.M.Taylor

      Your point is well taken. Nonetheless, life is full of challenges. Parents mess up, too, for all sorts of reasons — some maybe not even their own fault. The child experienced negative consequences from a situation that needed correcting . . . as said before, life is full of these.

      The important things is, as I see it, Breanna learned big time from this experience — and at just 9. How grerat is that?! She has learned problem-solving skills. How many of us wish we had had that gift . . . and at 9!!!

      A little compassion for the family here. Again, to all of you . . . Great Job! And continued success to you, Breanna. “The victory you got today you have to keep tomorrow” so “keep on keeping on!” : )

    • http://yahoo Christine

      Hey, Antigone…I hope you’re the perfect parent. Otherwise, AGAIN, stop blaming the parents. Yes, the girl grew up with bad eating behavior, but at least they finally put an end to it and woke up.

    • L

      @antigone jimenez: I’m sure you’ve never made a mistake in your life, right? I can understand how, in your perfectly lived life, you wouldn’t understand what it’s like to see your mistake for what it is, having to face it and make a fundamental change in your life.

      I guess one can compare a person who is flawless in all that that they do — like you — to a person without kids who likes to tell those with kids all that they’re doing wrong.

  • Janet Horwith

    Congratulations to this amazing an beautiful little girl. Showing how having a caring and smart mom, who genuinely involved herself in helping her daughter make the changes, this whole family should be applauded for being proactive. Breanna is an absolutely beautiful young lady no matter what her weight was, but now that glowing beauty on her face is breathtaking!

    • http://webpronews D.M.Taylor

      Totally agree with everything you said . . . she is absolutely beautiful. Now, also — in addition to being charmingly beautiful — she has learned lifeskills that will serve her well her entire life: proactivity, positive point of view, discipline & perserverence (“stick-to-tiveness”)… and maybe even humility. I see only beauty (and kindness) in her precious face.

      Congratulations, Breanna! . . . and Mom, “Well Done!”

      December 10 2012 – Monday; 10:50 a.m. PST

  • Chubby Kid

    Good for you and your health.

  • Shannon

    Yeah :) it is so awesome that she made these changes in her young life. But what also deserves attention is her mom for taking control and making the changes necessary in their family. Yeah for her too!

  • The_Truth

    I commend this child on her tremendous efforts to loose weight and her mother for stepping in and leading the family onto victory. However, this is something that should have been implented in the household from even before her weight ballooned to 189lbs.

    • L

      “The Truth”, everyone makes mistakes in life… some are horrible, irreversible, and life-altering mistakes (like murder). The point in life is to learn from our mistakes and to make a change for the good. For those who let their weight get out of control, get in shape. For those who’ve lied, tell the truth. For those who’ve stolen, make it right. For those who’ve murdered and raped, be remorseful, repent, and pay your debt to society (weather it’s life in jail or fore-fitting your own life for the sake of justice).

      But once someone has seen their mistake for what it is, and has decided to change for the good, what is the point of pointing out that past mistake (again)? People in this world need to learn to be more uplifting in their actions and words and stop condemning and finding ways to push someone back down after they’ve found their way up.

  • John

    How can people say the bullies saved her almost short-lived obese life? I’m sure there was some emotional damage she will have to live with now. Good for her but it’s like a medication with side effects. Bullying is not right.

  • A

    If my math is correct she now weighs 123 lbs which is still far too heavy for a 9 year old! A 9 year old girl should weigh between 60-90lbs.

    • Just Me

      Um, maybe she turned a few birthdays as she lost the weight.

      • annabelle

        True, But don’t take away from her losing 66lbs. That is amazing. Hard for grownups to do.

      • Amy

        I am 37 and weigh 108lbs. I don’t think I’ve ever weighed 123lbs! But that is neither here nor there, I hope this girl and her family can be an inspiration to other families struggling with obesity! Kids lifestyles are so different from when I was a child.

        • monette

          seriously amy not many people weigh 108 pounds.. who cares that you are 37 years old and weigh 108 pounds. this is the problem with society today..people are so judgemental…instead of giving praise for all the positive they will look for the negative and we wonder why our teens and pre-teens are looking for any attention they could get.. congratulations to the 9 year old way to go

        • Bee

          Amy, this story isn’t about you or how skinny you are. gtfo.

    • Nell

      yeah, she is 123 lbs, but the article never said she had stopped her daily routine. They are probably still working on it because it said she has joined sports and changed her diet. She will probably lose more weight over the course of the year.

    • ariel

      Height has more to do with it than age, genius. Not all 9-year-olds are the same size.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/girl-9-loses-66-pounds-after-being-bullied-2012-12 g

      Seriously?? Don’t you think that saying she has done AWESOME would be better than saying she still weighs too much? Get a life!

    • leslie

      maybe we should just give her credit for what she has accomplished. who says she’s done. i think she’s done a fantastic job and has set a tremendously good example.

    • Really?!

      A – age doesn’t have as much to do with weight as heighht & build. Maybe she’s tall for her age… she looks a lot healthier in the after photo than she does in the before photot. Stop being so judgemental & negative. Give the girl props for her accomplishment. You have no idea what is “far too heavey” fo her at all.

    • http://yahoo Christine

      Hey, “A”…it’s an incredible start. You can’t change bad habits in the blink of an eye. Give the family SOME credit, will you.

    • L

      Although her current weight (123 lbs) is more than it should be (in comparison, my 10 year old son weighs 72 lbs and he is tall for his age and very muscular due to karate classes)… that doesn’t mean that she has finished losing all of her weight. The story doesn’t say how long it took her to lose those 66 lbs (her weight loss could have just started a few months ago, for all we know). That family has made a wonderful lifestyle change, and they deserve praise, not condemnation. The little girl looks beautiful, and as their journey continues, she will continue to lose more fat and become the perfect weight for her own body.

  • Goodmun

    Congrats to this parent and child for taking proper actions and losing all that weight. Hopefully she doesn’t stop there!! I was bullied for wearing a back brace when I was young, but I didn’t do anything. I just ignored the ignorant people!!

  • Shire

    Seriously people? Hating on her mother because she shouldn’t have let her get to that weight?? At least her parents recognized it and did something about it as a family, not just singling her out. There are far more families out there who dont care enough about their children’s health to even try to correct the problem and continue to let them get unhealthier until they’re 18 and become societies problem not their parents.

  • E.W

    All I have to say is this should be an eye opener for many over wieght children….

  • confused

    How can everyone applaud the parents in this situation?? This little girl wasnt over weight because of her own choices, it is the parents responsibility to watch what she was doing and eating to begin with. I can give credit to the mother for making the change, but she was only fixing her own problem. Please don’t send a message to parents that if they screw up that they will be praised for cleaning up after themselves…

    • http://yahoo Christine

      STOP blaming the parents!!!! They didn’t open her clenched jaws and force her to eat twinkies. I applaud them, because they finally changed THEIR entire lifestyle to help the girl lose weight. This probably made all the difference in the world to making her successful on her mission. STOP blaming the parents. Everyone wants to blame someone else for their problems.

    • Whatever

      Dear Mr or Mrs. Perfect,

      Not everyone can live a mistake free life like you do. Why don’t you focus your anger on those that choose not to correct their mistakes instead of those that at least recognize them before it’s too late. Give them a break! You are the reason why people or children have these problems. Your standards are way too high and expect perfection from everyone. I suggest taking a long hard look at yourself before throwing stones at others.

      • Trish

        AMEN!! Some people think they are so perfect-the real real twisted ones who are so critical-go to C.V.S. and buy a mirror!!

    • CLF

      WTF? Maybe the parents did make a mistake by allowing her to be so overweight so young, but they’ve corrected it and have turned their whole family on the right path. Why shouldn’t they be applauded? They’ve gone and fixed the problem. Confused, you’re an idiot.

  • Strippedbear662

    Bullying is never right and is never the answer, but I am glad that this young lady and her family decided to make something positive of the situation instead of her folding into a shell and becoming depressed. For the people saying that mom should not have let this happen in the first place, parents are not perfect people and they too make mistakes and may misjudge…the good thing, they realized that they could do better as a family and everyone is in better health now.

  • http://judeedoo.com Kathryn

    I am very concerned about a mother who has a nine year old child that has lost 66 pounds. That is an enormous amount of weight on such a young child. I do hope the mother and child are both learning how to eat properly and that this child does not go from having one type of eating disorder to another! She is a lovely little girl and hope she is taking better care of herself because she deserves it.

    • Ron

      66 pounds is not a lot to lose…. IF you’re starting at 189 and 9 years old! She still weighs 123 pounds, which is not skinny for a 9 year old, most 9 year olds weigh probably under 100 pounds, easy.

      • Cathy

        how tall is she I have a 9yr old she is 5″4 at her age her Dad is 6″1 and she is my height she will be a tall girl, this girl maybe tall

      • kkat

        I have a 9 year old. They are supposed to weigh around 60 to 70 lbs, so even 123 is a tad over. Too much weight on a child this young sets off precocious puberty, where there is breast development and periods. This is not a good thing for many reasons, but it has been linked to female probs later on…

      • lana

        you suck. she’s only 9. piss off you asshole

        • M

          Stop being a disgusting human whos lost ethics and see this fat bytch for what she is a PIG. You must be a PIG too

      • CLF

        Ron’s kids must be fat.

      • Trisha

        you’re an idiot! it is a lot to lose. have you ever lost 60 lbs? i have.

    • carolyn

      Did you read the article? Mom made the decision to get the family healthier. You can most certainly applaud the parents in making this life change. They made mistakes as a family and as a family they are correcting them. Good for the them!!

      • tee

        I think it is great, and the family didn’t know what the problem was at first, and after many doctors appt and nothing came back the family then took it to the next level. Who’s to say the family was concerned from the beginning, the article says the child has been overweight since an infant. I’m glad that she lost the weight and still working on keeping it off.

    • Tonks

      Did you not just read the article? Let me guess, you read the title and stopped. They watched their diet and exercised. The way you’re supposed to. Good lord.

  • Dee

    Why is some of you making a big deal about her being 123??? Seriously? Weight doesn’t come on over night and it doesn’t come off over night. It takes a lot of hard work to get the 66lbs off. But since she is young and since she is getting into sports she will better fit then some of you who has kids who are 60-90lbs. Have of your kids probably still sitting in front of the computer, watching tv or even playing their games on the tv. Give the girl credit where credit is due. She lost a lot and she’s not done. But the ones who make a big deal about sill being over weight.. your not different then the ones who bully her. Be happy for her.. Tell her way to go. But don’t look down on her and say your still fat.. because thats basically what your saying. SHAME ON YOU!.

  • I am who I am, so leave me alone.

    I’m a little, ok maybe a lot,over weight,and I’d love to lose 66 pounds, so leave the child alone!!!! Good for you Breanna!!!

  • Kelly

    I am 25 years old woman that is 5’4 I am 122 lbs. Everyone tells me I look good. People I don’t even know too. I use to weight 96 lbs. I didn’t have eating disorder or nothing. I was tense a lot in school and public places for being too skinny. Anywho, My cousin is 10 years old is almost my height and weights same as me. He is not fat at all and he is not into sports that I know of. Thinking 123 is not skinny for 9 year old is crazy. It doesn’t matter how old you are and how much you weight, people stillvgoing make fun of you no matter what. You just need brush them hater off, do what make you happy.

  • http://yahoo Deb

    Thank God the mother took control finally. It is unfortunate she let it go that far. I am so proud of that little girl and her mom for doing something about it!!!!!!

  • Trisha

    I think it is a horrible story! Bullies make fun of her, so child loses weight! I’m glad she has lost the excess pounds, but not as a middle school teacher some kids would go home and kill themselves or begin an eating disorder. But look at the adults posting on here, bullies themselves complaining about 66 lbs is not enough for a 9 yr old to lose! Shame on you, I lost 60 pounds and it wasn’t easy! Jerks raise even jerkier kids. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU including the bullies.

    • Su

      Well put!

  • Anna

    Uhh . . . She is still twice what her normal weight should be!!!! This is COMPLETELY the mother’s fault and she should feel awful and should have NEVER let it get this far!!!!

    • http://webpronews cate lynn

      Gosh Darn, give her time. You are way to hard on this child, she may have had an underlying health problem. Stop judging herself and go take a look in the mirror and judge yourself.

  • Jennifer

    I think all the people that have been so negative, are bullies themselves. How dare you judge a mother & child by the amount of information given in the above article. I read the article and read that a 9 year old was being bullied and the mom helped her child.

  • Pat

    Under all of that excessive weight, there is a beautiful 9 year old girl. I hope she is proud of herself and continues to maintain the loss. You go girl. You are beautiful.

  • Mary

    Seriously. That child is NOT twice the weight of a nine year old. It is apparent that you are not a parent or a health profession. The mother’s tactics are ABUSE. That child needs more than 20 grams of fat a day to create the stores needed for puberty. Her parents said they had a “zero tolerance policy” about exercise and the diet. They belong in jail not being glorified by a bunch of media mongers that needed to fill a 1:30 spot!

  • Diane

    I do believe that the average weight of a 9 year old is between 80lbs and 110 lbs between 4’5″/5’2″ tall. If she was 189 lbs and 5′ tall then she was 2x the size of a normal 9 year old. and i am an RN. This story is to prompt parents to understand this is not a proper way to raise children. Just by changing a few habits your child could be more happy and healthy. I am 5′ 10″ tall and i weigh 189 lbs, i run 1/5 marathons and i eat right. I couldn’t imagine being a child and having to deal with such a heavy bulk at a young age, it isn’t healthy at all. sorry you feel that children at meant to be well into the 100’s they are not. Yes fat is a much needed staple in children’s diets, buty ou have healthy fats and bad fats. Because you thing your child should get 20 grams of fat doesn’t mean let them scarf down a bag of chips!

  • chris

    So does this mean bullying is good? from the sound of it bullies helped encourage to lose weight.

  • Katherine

    First, I want to say this is truly remarkable, and I am proud for her success. I am obese and it is excruciatingly difficult to lose weight. That being said, shame on the circumstances. The classmates that teased her should be punished, and I hope they were. NO ONE and I mean no one has the right to tease and bully people for their looks. The fact that she went to such links to lose weight, could set her up for an eating disorder later. If not a full blown one she will have a preoccupation with her weight all her life.

  • Albert

    This story raised several concerning points:

    1) Where are her parents? Why aren’t her parents helping her with her weight? My guess is that they are overweight themselves and just passed their bad habits onto her.

    2) As Chris had mentioned, this story almost make it sound like bully is good.

    3) This story examplifies our society. We are more concerned about what others think of us rather than what we thought of ourselves.

    • jolene

      If you read the other stories about her, you’d see that her mom was actually the one that designed a diet and had the family start with a walking and exercise program. And bullying can never be good! You were propably the bully and don’t know what it feels like!

  • denise soria

    Bullying is HEll! Good for her for showing them up…there is no cure for an ugly soul.

  • Emma Antonelli

    This girl is going to get an eating disorder when she grows up.

    • Adam

      Because clearly, when trying to lose weight to become healthier and avoid further bullying, there will always be those savvy people out there to just find an alternative way to bully.

    • Nick

      How can you say something so ignorant? There is nothing wrong with an overweight person losing weight. It should be encouraged. “Fat Acceptance” is irresponsible. And who says being obese isn’t an eating disorder? If being a 189 lb 9 year old seems “normal” to you, you need to seriously re-evaluate your life.

  • Tara

    To all who say that this mother was in the wrong whatsoever in reference to making her child lose the weight: there must be something wrong with you. 189 pounds is extremely unhealthy for a child!!!!!!!!! Yes, diet and exercise should have been insisted upon at a younger age and should have been included in this family’s lifestyle from the start, but I give a HUGE KOODOS to this mother for changing her daughter’s life and to this beautiful girl for believing in herself!!!!

    Obesity is not something to be taken lightly, and I find it almost sick how acceptable an addiction and eating disorder like obesity are in our society. People tell smokers all the time, “you shouldn’t smoke that, it’s bad for you, it’s going to kill you, you’re going to get cancer”, WHY DO WE NOT SAY THIS TO EXTREMELY FAT PEOPLE?!?!?!?! the amount of obesity related and caused illnesses is staggering. not to mention, what kind of QUALITY OF LIFE is this for a child?!?! think people.

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