05:15 PM EDT 01/19/2015
Half Their Size
Originally posted 01/16/2015 12:40PM
These days Brooke Burton has a hard time keeping up with Dennis, her 6-year old Dachshund, who loves taking walks and chasing tennis balls. It's hard to believe that this rambunctious 13-lb. pooch is the same obese pet she discovered in 2013 at the home of an elderly relative.
"My great-uncle was a hoarder, and I went over there to help clean his house," Burton tells PEOPLE. "Then I saw this thing coming toward me like a slug. He would take a few steps and then have to rest."
Burton, 27, took Dennis – who weighed 56 lbs. thanks to a diet of fast food burgers, pizza and frozen dinners – back to her Columbus, Ohio, home, effectively saving his life.
Originally posted 12/30/2014 09:10AM
It's been quite a week for Kaitlyn Smith.
Originally posted 12/27/2014 07:30AM
Weight-loss inspiration never looked so good!
These real-life dieters tell PEOPLE how they dropped a total of 778 lbs. by changing their once unhealthy lifestyles.
"I knew I was bigger than other kids," says hairstylist Conner Rensch, 25, who shed 130 lbs. "I was bullied and would sneak food into the bathroom so people wouldn't see me eat."
Originally posted 12/25/2014 03:30PM
Mark Bryant's journey to losing more than half his size began with a simple Google search.
Originally posted 12/24/2014 09:45PM
Growing up, Kaitlyn Smith was always bigger than her five siblings. "I was constantly going to the doctor and being put on workout plans," she tells PEOPLE. By sixth grade, the Portland, Tennessee, tween weighed 200 lbs.
Originally posted 12/24/2014 03:30PM
Originally posted 12/23/2014 09:15PM
In March 2013, Michelle Pierce was at a physical and mental low.
Originally posted 12/23/2014 05:00PM
It didn't take long for Annabelle Goetke to learn that getting fit doesn't translate to instant fashion savvy.
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