Miss South Texas is 100 pounds lighter than she was during her teen years, and she is now sharing her story with the world. This beauty queen once weighed 230 pounds. That was her weight when she was 14, and she was taunted by bullies in school because of it. On May 27, The Christian Post reported on the story of Keli Kryfko. At the age of 23, she is now the woman with the Miss South Texas title, and she is looking ahead to the Miss Texas pageant set to happen later this summer.
It has been less than 10 years since Keli Kryfko attended school in Houston. At the age of 14, she wore a size 24, and she failed a fitness test during her physical education class. Kryfko shared the following about the experience: "I had to take a fitness test in P.E. class, where I not only failed it, but I ended up getting a zero on it. I went to the locker room and, hoping no one would notice, I heard some girls saying, 'Can you believe the fat girl couldn't do any of it?' I knew that that's not what I wanted my definition to be anymore."
That was when she decided to make a change in her life. She didn't want to be the "fat girl" anymore. One of the first things she changed was her beverage of choice. She was a Dr. Pepper drinker, but she cut the soft drink completely out of her diet. She also ate less fried foods, and she stopped putting cheese on her burgers. Diet was not all she changed. She began to work out. Combine the changes to her diet and her new work out regimen, Kryfko managed to lose 70 pounds in about a year and a half.
Since then, she has lost 30 more pounds, and she has been sharing her story to help inspire others to lose weight, according to ABC News. Since the weight came off, Kryfko has managed to win several pageants. Miss South Texas is her most recent win, and she hopes to win the Miss America pageant some day. She will first have to win the Miss Texas title though. This year, that event is set for August 31.
Her weight isn't all she changed about her appearance. She also went from brunette to blonde since her teen years, and she feels that also gives her an "advantage" in pageants. It does seem that blondes do have more fun.
Child obesity is not a joking a matter though. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity in children has doubled in recent decades. For those in their teens, it has quadrupled in the last 30 years. In 2012, nearly one-third of those under the age 18 were obese. Programs in schools and elsewhere are trying to battle the growing issue of childhood obesity, but the problem is only getting worse and not better.
Keli Kryfko is showing that obesity can be battled. She won her battle, and she is hoping that by sharing her story she can help others do the same. What do you think of her story? Share your thoughts below.