(CNN) — Brittni Garcia’s family didn’t go out for walks; they went out for dinner. And when they were at home, they enjoyed watching movies, playing board games and eating big Mexican-style home-cooked meals.
This lazy lifestyle led Garcia to weigh more than 200 pounds by the eighth grade.
“My mom always said, ‘You are a big girl. You are just big-boned,'” said the 25-year-old information specialist. “So I just accepted it.”
Through high school and college, her weight continued to rise. But even at 235 pounds, Garcia didn’t think her weight was a problem — until she couldn’t fit into her “fat shorts” anymore.