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Miss South Carolina 2011 recounts struggle with her weight

Miss South Carolina 2011 Recounts Her Inspiring Weight-Loss Story

With her fit figure, you'd never know that before competing in the Miss South Carolina pageant in 2011, Bree Boyce weighed 234 pounds. ABC reported on her journey.


'The 22-year-old beauty lost a dramatic 112 pounds over the course of three years before being crowned Miss South Carolina.'

Boyce says she began gaining weight way back when she was just 7 years old. She told NBC she always felt overshadowed by her three older siblings, so she turned to junk food for comfort. By the time she was 17, she was wearing size 18 jeans. When her knees started hurting, Boyce went to a doctor, who told her she needed to lose weight.

A writer for CNN reports Boyce was determined to lose the weight the old-fashioned way, through a healthy diet and exercise.

She tossed out the junk food and would walk around the block, setting a goal to lose five pounds in that first month. She beat that goal and actually lost seven. A few months later, she joined a gym and began sweatin' it out in Zumba classes.

All that hard work paid off. She reached a healthy weight and went on to win the state pageant.

Boyce says winning the swimsuit portion was the most gratifying. That same year she placed in the Top 12 at Miss America.

But there was a downside: Miss South Carolina says she now understands what it means to be on the other extreme of the weight spectrum. 'I was on all these talk shows about my weight loss. I became obsessed and I formed an eating disorder.'

Boyce says she's since found a happy medium. She currently works as a reporter and anchor at WACH in South Carolina.

Boyce says she continues to share her weight loss story in the hopes that it will inspire others to get healthy.

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mbrheljr April 28 2014 at 1:00 PM

Forget the critics, Bree.

I applaud your turnaround.

Keep on keepin' on...

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ccm989 April 28 2014 at 7:18 AM

Not only does she look great, her heart health has probably improved. Anyone who is overweight is at risk for heart disease, diabetes, etc. Lose weight, gain energy, better health, etc. Its hard but its worth it.

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Osborne April 28 2014 at 1:40 PM

To all the people putting nasty comments on here......YOU should be ashamed of yourselves! Do you even know this young woman? Well, I do! I knew her before she lost weight because she came to my house to visit me when she found out that I had been diagnosed with cancer. She was still in high school and personally made pick ribbons and sold them at the local deli where she worked and brought the proceeds to me to help other cancer victims in our area pay for nausea medicines. She and her friend also had T-shirts printed up and sold those to raise money for the cause. Bree is beautiful inside and out! I love you honey at any size and wish you the best!
Mrs. Osborne

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bigred8690 Osborne April 28 2014 at 3:26 PM

If she makes herself a public figure, she's fair game for criticism. I agree that people should not stoop to using profanity or calling her ugly etc. But criticizing her for using a pageant as a weight loss platform is not excessive. This is why I like the Miss USA pageant--they don't make any pretentions to having some noble cause.

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PRINCESS bigred8690 April 28 2014 at 7:58 PM

Miss U.S.A. is based simply on physical looks . Miss America is a scholarship pageant based on intelligence, talent, education, platforms to further education about wonderful causes as well as physical looks. You obviously have no knowledge of either.

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danyelle69marks April 28 2014 at 1:54 PM

good for her. if she's happy, then that's all that matters.

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meanjean3489 April 28 2014 at 2:31 PM

Congratulations Bree! Both for losing the weight and recognizing the eating disorder. You've proved that determination and motivation are the keys to success - hopefully others will be encouraged not only by your crown but your continued healthy lifestyle.

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morine44 April 28 2014 at 4:42 PM

1) That second photo of Miss Beauty Queen is sick. And disgusting. She is obviously anorexic. I hope that when she says she's overcome her eating disorder, she's telling the truth.

2) The chick reading the story, Katherine Biek? How did she even get hired? She cannot read with proper intonation, she reads with too much enthusiasm, and it appears she doesn't prepare for going on camera by at least perusing the copy beforehand. And the crossed eye is a huge distraction. Why did you let Carissa get away? All of your ""presenters" stink, except for Lauren Gores, and even she can put me to sleep. Is there no talent available in this field?? Where are your standards?

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dc walker April 28 2014 at 9:37 AM

Why can't you just say, good for her? She had medical problems and rather than remain on the sofa stuffing her face she decided to help herself and in the process saw that she was a beautiful woman under the fat.......Canadians raise their kids by having classes on food in the early grades, protein, carbs, fat and healthy eating and exercise....

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bigred8690 dc walker April 28 2014 at 10:13 AM

Because she is not just someone who has lost weight. As a pageant queen, she is promoting an image that is unattainable or unrealistic for a lot of girls and women. I am not anti-pageant (there is a place for pageants), but pageants are a rather disingenuous platform for advocating a balanced, healthy self-image.

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Elizabeth dc walker April 28 2014 at 12:57 PM

There are no fat Canadians?

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trifeloco2012 April 28 2014 at 9:31 AM

I have to give much credit to the Zumba classes. A number of women in my family were out to lose weight after giving birth, they began attending Zumba classes while dieting, and to everyone's surprise it actually worked.

Congrats to Boyce she looks very nice.

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oujoou April 28 2014 at 5:58 AM

Wow. This is a cool story. What did she do with all the extra skin? lol. Great job. She's a huge success. :) People who inspire others to do the same are the best. Obviously . . . losing a lot of weight is not easy. There's no guarantee you'll look like Miss South Carolina if you do. But why not TRY? :)

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PRINCESS oujoou April 28 2014 at 8:12 PM

At her age the skin has so much elasticity that it doesn't stretch out like an older persons would. That's another great reason for losing the extra weight when you are young. Collagen in the skin decreases as we age which is why we get wrinkles and loose skin.

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trifeloco2012 April 28 2014 at 9:57 AM

Maybe it's just me (then again they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder) but she looked cute while she was chunky!

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