Girl famous for overcoming obesity now a 13-year-old athlete

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.

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"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.

Click through to see more photos of Breanna and her incredible transformation:

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Girl famous for overcoming obesity now a 13-year-old athlete
My book release "Who's the New Kid?" Is May 19. Change is coming my friends. #Tyndale
"You never know how strong you have to be until being strong is the only choice you have!" -Missy Franklin #obesity
Always use encouraging words. Words that build a persons confidence and self worth. 😊
"Howdy Y'all " Going to the Clovis Rodeo🎉 Have a great Weekend!
New addition to our gym. It is growing. Working out with my friends on the weekends.... Priceless🎉
Swim meet in 27 degree weather. Jr Olympics here I come. 🏊❄😁
Getting a run in at Pismo Beach with my new workout partner Nick. 😃

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.

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