Teen sheds 201 pounds, inspires others


Fifteen-year-old Nate St. Martin said it was a scary trip to a doctor's office that turned his life around.

At 385 pounds, the Burnsville High School student was frightened by what his future likely held: heart disease, diabetes, and a shorter life, he told WCCO.

Ten months later, he had lost more than 165 pounds by cutting calories to 1,700 a day, WCCO reports. He also spends two hours in the gym and a takes a one-hour walk every day. And he got help at the Specialty Clinic for Children at Fairview Ridges Hospital.

St. Martin told WCCO he shared before-and-after photos on Facebook and got more than 600 likes, and now other teens are seeking out his secrets. “It feels really good to be an inspiration to people,” he said.

Check out WCCO's story, which includes an update since the story was shot: St. Martin is now down to 184 pounds – a 201-pound loss:

About 31 percent of U.S. children ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, according to statistics from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Among states, Minnesota had the lowest percentage of overweight or obese kids, 23 percent.

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC says obese children and adolescents are likely to be obese as adults, and more at risk for adult health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

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