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Human Factor: Applying diet lessons to all of life
October 25th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

Human Factor: Applying diet lessons to all of life

In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle - injury, illness or other hardship - they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn't know they possessed. This week Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce shares her story of going from obese, self-conscious teen to beauty pageant winner.

Growing up as an overweight and eventually morbidly obese young girl, I faced many obstacles that some would think impossible to overcome. But not only did I lose over 110 pounds, I went on to win Miss South Carolina and the Lifestyle and Fitness preliminary award.

At 234 pounds, I never thought that within a few short years, after a lot of dedication, sweat, and tears, I'd be close to living what was my secret dream as a young girl.

On January 14, 2012, I will compete for the Miss America title at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. My struggles and triumphs over obesity have helped me inspire many across the world to believe in the power of their dreams.

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