We're all getting a bit thicker around the waist line and it's showing in our health. Gaining weight has been made largely into a vanity problem when really, it's a health hazard with dire effects. There are the psychological scars that come from not "fitting in" socially as an obese person but the diseases that obesity can bring on are frightening to say the least. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese and many of them are parents. 

Kids and teens are taking after their parents both genetically and in the eating habits they've learned. Old habits die hard and genes are an extra obstacle to an already difficult journey but one teen proved that hard work and determination can come a long way. His story has inspired the internet, proving anything is possible with the right help and drive to reach a goal.

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Obese Kids Have It Hard

Obese Kids Have It Hard
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There is a lot of blame to throw around the internet in terms of childhood obesity. There are parents who don't tell their kid no to that fifth scoop of ice cream, sure. But there are also kids who grow to be very obese in a time so short, it seems impossible. Jacob Miller is one of those kids and his story has gone viral on the internet... 

When Jacob Miller was 15 years old, he weighed in at 707 pounds at a height of 6'5". 

Jacob is the kind of teen who can darken the most grandiose of doorways. He's already got a frame several inches over an average man's height. Add to that his weight of over 700lbs and you've got a young man with a lot of size and thus, a lot of challenges.


Throughout the entirety of his life, Jacob was abnormally large.

Jacob has been dealing with his weight since he was a year old. At that early age, he weighed in at a shocking 52 lbs. Jacob was actually born prematurely and if he had been carried to term, he would have weighed nearly 12 pounds at birth. 

Doctors believed that Jacob had some sort of hormonal problem, which would be the cause for such extreme amounts of weight gain. 

One-year-olds don't gain weight that quickly, even on a poor diet.  By the time he reached his teenage years, Jacob was gaining an average of 100 pounds per year, which obviously came with serious health implications and a hard time making friends...