Man battles obesity; loses over 400 pounds


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YEAR 20-30...56-PERCENT OF
PEOPLE IN INDIANA WILL BE
LABELED OBESE. BUT AS NEWS 10'S
MATT
GREGORY TELLS US ONE LOCAL MAN
IS USING HIS OWN FIGHT TO
MAKE A CHANGE IN THE NUMBERS
HERE AT HOME.
"HERE WE ARE CLIMBING UP THE
SIDE OF HALF DOME AND IF YOU
HAD ASKED ME FOUR YEARS AGO IF I
'D EVER DONE SOMETHING LIKE
THAT, I'D JUST LOOKED AT YOU AND
LAUGHED. "
THE JOURNEY UP THE SIDE OF THIS
MOUNTAIN IN YELLOWSTONE
NATIONAL PARK IS IMPRESSIVE, BUT
NOT NEARLY AS IMPRESSIVE AS
THE JOURNEY THAT RYAN BROUGHT
THERE. "MY WHOLE LIFE
I'VE DEALT WITH WEIGHT IN SOME
FORM OR FASHION. MOST OF
THE TIME I WAS ABLE TO CONTROL
IT PRETTY WELL OR AT LEAST
MAINTAIN IT." BUT THAT CONTROL
WAS
SOMETHING RYAN DAFFER LOST HOLD
OF IN 2004. " I ATE WHAT I
WANTED, WHEN I WANTED, AS MUCH
AS I WANTED AND I NEVER REALLY
THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT I WAS PUTTING
INTO MY BODY."
AS HE SPIRALED OUT OF CONTROL
HIS WEIGHT ROSE TO 735 POUNDS.
THEN LATE ONE JANUARY NIGHT HE
COULD NO LONGER
MOVE..AND WAS RUSHED TO UNION
HOSPITAL.
THE DOCTOR GAVE RYAN A BLEAK
OUTLOOK. "HE SAID JUST
VISUALLY GAUGING YOU RIGHT NOW,
HE'S LIKE IF YOU MAKE
IT PAST 72 HOURS I'LL BE
SHOCKED. "
RYAN WAS MOVED TO A
REHABILITATION CLINIC. LATE ONE
NIGHT HE MADE A PACT TO DO
EVERYTHING HE COULD TO SAVE
HIMSELF. STARTING WITH LEARNING
TO
WALK. "IT WASN'T PRETTY, I
COULDN'T DO A WHOLE LOT, THE
NEXT DAY I WENT AGAIN. THOSE 10
STEPS TURNED INTO 20 STEPS
AND THOSE TWENTY STEPS TURNED
INTO 40 STEPS BEFORE I
KNEW IT I WAS UP WALKING AROUND
" IN 90 DAYS RYAN WOULD LOSE 200
POUNDS,
AND WHEN HE LEFT THE CLINIC HE
CONTINUED HIS BATTLE AT
HOME. TO DATE HE'S LOST OVER
460
POUNDS. A MUCH SLIMMER RYAN NOW
HEADS
UP THE UNITED WAY AND VIGO
COUNTY YMCA'S JOINT
COMMUNITY WELLNESS PROGRAM.
HELPING PEOPLE JUST LIKE HIM
TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR OWN
HEALTH. "TWO YEARS AGO A FRIEND
OF MINE APPROACHED ME,
A REAL CLOSE FRIEND OF MINE HE'S
LIKE HEY IM GONNA DO THE
MINI MARATHON IN MAY YOU WANNA
DO IT? I WAS LIKE ARE
YOU CRAZY." A VERY SANE RYAN
NOT ONLY
STARTED, BUT COMPLETED
INDIANPOLIS' MINI MARATHON.
AND THAT'S WHAT BRINGS US TO
YOSEMITE. "THIS YEAR HE
COMES BACK IS LIKE HEY YOU WANNA
DO THE MINI AGAIN? ANDI
SAID YEAH LET'S DO IT AGAIN. HE
SAID LET'S DO SOMETHING ELSE
THIS YEAR. I SAID OK WHAT ARE
YOU THINKING? HE SAYS LETS GO
BACK PACKING THROUGH YOSEMITE
NATIONAL PARK."
A MAN WHO COULD BARELY STAND
FOUR YEARS AGO,
STANDING TALL ON THE SUMMIT OF
HIS HEALTH AND THIS
MOUNTAIN. REPORTING IN TERRE
HAUTE WITH PHOTOJOURNALIS T GARY
BRIAN MATT GREGORY
NEWS 10.
INDIANA IS GETTING MORE THAN
TWO-MILLION DOLLARS
TO HELP DISABLED ADULTS GET