This childhood epidemic is affecting kids during the most crucial years of their lives

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This childhood epidemic is affecting kids during the most crucial years of their lives
Formerly 213 pounds and mercilessly teased at school, 12-year-old Emily enrolled in a health and wellness boarding school MindStream Academy to lose weight and ultimately fit in -- not an easy feat. But the biggest challenge of all would be returning home.


With films like "Super Size Me" and shows like "The Biggest Loser," adult obesity is at the forefront of the conversation against the health epidemic in the U.S. But a key demographic has been largely ignored -- until now.

Obesity isn't just a physical challenge -- it can have a major psychological effect on those afflicted. And when it comes to kids who grapple with the condition during the most crucial years of their lives, the impact can be exacerbated considerably.

That's exactly what director Corbin Billings sought to explore in the documentary film "Bite Size," which follows four children on their journey to beat obesity.

Rather than raising awareness about the childhood obesity epidemic in America with just facts and numbers, "Bite Size" tells the stories of real children who are faced with overwhelming odds.

One of these young faces is 12-year-old Emily Patrick, who was 213 pounds when she was mercilessly teased at school.

"I think the worst thing that ever happened to me was when my friend said, 'I'll get made fun of if I'm seen around you,' " Emily revealed. "I had rocks thrown at me."

Check out Emily's full story in an exclusive clip from "Bite Size" above.

"Bite Size" is now available on Vimeo on Demand and on Starting March 24, the film will be available on iTunes, Google Play and other VOD platforms.

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