Before and after-Dale Buettner44-year-old Dale Buettner shed nearly half his body weight — 280 pounds. He had been overweight since the first grade, where his mom had to custom-make Little League uniforms for him.

In 2010, at more than 400 pounds, he joined Weight Watchers with his wife and started dealing with the underlying emotional issues that caused him to overeat.

One year later he had lost 100 pounds and with renewed hope started walking regularly.

He joined an online community in 2012 called LoseIt that helped him track his exercise and calories on his mobile phone and gave him encouragement.

Today he weighs in at 175 pounds and is an example for others.

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