Girl famous for overcoming obesity now a 13-year-old athlete
Breanna Bond became famous for losing 70 pounds in just over a year at age 9. Now 13, she's keeping up her active lifestyle, recently completing the swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco during National Childhood Obesity Month this September.
Breanna's mom, Heidi Bond, has since written a book on healthy eating and exercise habits. She spoke with WBCL this month and talked about some of the misunderstandings about childhood obesity.
"I was convinced since I wasn't overweight, and I never exercised a day in my life and I was eating the same foods that it had to be something medical. Because I didn't understand how a kindergartner could weigh 100 pounds and a 9-year-old could weigh 186 pounds," Heidi said in an interview with WBLC.
A number of factors contribute to childhood obesity, including genes, diet and exercise.
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With a strict regimen of exercise, including swimming, walking and jogging, Breanna reached her goal weight.
Heidi says she hopes her daughter can inspire other kids and serve as the role model Breanna didn't have when she first started losing weight.