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At age 27, Claudia weighs 324 pounds, but her struggle with weight began years ago. "I've dealt with it ever since childhood, actually—always being picked on, always being teased for being the biggest person in my class," she says.

Claudia's problem wasn't just physical—it had emotional ramifications, as well. "I even suffered from depression as a kid dealing with my weight, and even in my marriage," she says. "It started from my childhood, just [my] father not being in my life, mother being a single parent at the time, not having Mom there. So I turned to food."
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Published on March 14, 2008

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