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07/25/2013 08:50 am ET

Strive To Thrive: Larry Kinnard Learns The Meaning Of 'Fat,' Takes First Steps Toward Dropping 80 Pounds (VIDEO)

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Despite being the butt of jokes about weight, Larry Kinnard says he didn't even know what "fat" was when he was a kid. So he went home and asked his mom.

"Fat is just a mean word that people call bigger people ... you're just a big boy, you're big boned," she responded, laying the groundwork for an unhealthy lifestyle that did benefit Kinnard for a while (his size helped him land a spot as an offensive lineman on his school football team), but would also prove to be a risk factor for diseases like diabetes and heart disease down the road.

Topping 300 pounds at one point in his life, Kinnard finally received a wake-up call.

Watch as he describes the loss that prompted his first step toward losing weight and check back to see how Kinnard is doing now.

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