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Madison County Man Overcomes Obesity

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
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Updated: 3/11/2013 6:31 pm
If you were to see Neil Burns three years ago, you'd probably know he was obese.

"I stepped on the scale...and when I did, it said that I weighed 680lbs. And then it broke," said Burns.

Not so anymore. Burns cut his weight in more than half...down to 280lbs.

He said he used to eat 15,000 calories a day and drink more than 24 sodas.

It's a trend not uncommon in the U.S. According to 2012 Gallup data, obesity (having a BMI, or Body Mass Index, of more than 30) was at a rate of 26.2 percent.

Kentucky's obesity rate: 29.7 percent.

Burns said when he was obese, it was hard to breathe; he couldn't walk more than 10-15 feet without needing to use an inhaler.

Friday, Burns was lifting 160lb weights at the gym.

How he did it: diet and exercise.

"Anybody can do it. I'm nothing special--I used to dig ditches for a living," he said.

Burns said his grocery bill--since switching to a healthier diet--is now a third of what it used to be. He added that you don't need a gym membership to get to a healthy weight, either.

"It costs nothing to do situps or crunches. It costs nothing to walk."
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