Where Are They Now? Catching Up With PEOPLE'S Half Their Size Stars

See how six men and women each lost more than 100 lbs. – and went on to inspire others

KAITLYN EKSTROM

Now: When Ekstrom's mom was diagnosed with cancer, it set in motion a major lifestyle change for the whole family. They eliminated foods with white flour and refined sugar, as well as packaged goods; before long, Ekstrom had dropped 136 lbs. Adopting a dog was also key. "I walked him eight times a day [and] lost 30 lbs. in a month," she shared. Today the 31-year-old works as a certified fitness instructor at a retirement community, and still calls her mom her inspiration.