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Unwitting amputee blasts health ad's altered photo

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January 30, 2012 01:38 AM EST | AP


NEW YORK — An overweight man who unwittingly became an amputee in advertisements that New York City is posting to warn against diabetes says he's worried the ads might hurt his acting career.

Twenty-seven-year-old Cleo Berry of Los Angeles says he was "beyond shocked" upon discovering that a photograph he posed for several years ago in Manhattan had turned up on the Internet – but showing him without one leg. The photo was digitally altered to make it look like Berry's right leg is missing. It appears on an ad warning that growing portion sizes can lead to diabetes and amputations.

City officials have defended the practice as common in advertising.