Ruby says she barely remembers a time when she wasn't overweight. She says she weighed between 250 and 280 pounds as a teenager. Then, over the years, the number on the scale continued to climb.
"I always want to know what I'm going to look like. Just like what it feels like to wear certain clothes, what it feels like to cross your legs," Ruby says. "I never knew how limited my life was, because I was always happy."
After years of indulging in fried, fatty foods, Ruby says she was inspired to change her lifestyle—once and for all—after seeing an episode of The Oprah Show. "I watched the show, and I saw these women that were crying, saying they never went out of their homes," she says. "I've always been the kind of person who is happy. I live my life. I know people are cruel and mean, but I want to see my family and friends, so I go out. So I was like, 'I've got to be the guinea pig to find out what is going on. Why is there a problem in America?' ... I wanted women to come out of their homes."
Since her show premiered, Ruby says her hope for other obese Americans has started to come true. "It's starting to happen," she says. "That makes me happy."