Apr 15, 2013 7:20 PM by Heather Jackson - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - The City of Corpus Christi has been trying to shake off the title of one of the nation's fattest cities since 2010 when Men's Health Magazine gave us the title.
Three years later, a 24/7 Wall Street survey says we are not even on the top 10 list. But the city isn't the only one trying to shake off the weight.
Stephanie Ortega lifts weights now, but that wasn't the case almost a year and a half ago.
"There would be times when I would cry my eyes out because I wanted to have McDonalds. Like it sounds so pitiful, but that was how bad I had a relationship with food," said Ortega.
That was when she weighed 287 pounds and what Ortega calls a painful memory.
"It is hard to see yourself that big like no one told me. And so when I look at it now I am like wow I was so comfortable in that skin," Ortega remembers as she is close to tears.
In 2011, doctors said there might be complications because of her weight when she had to have her gallbladder removed. That is when she told God if he would get her safely out of surgery she would lose weight.
So far, she's lost 127 pounds. Aa healthy change that Dr. William Burgin Jr. says also happened to the City of Corpus Christi in 2010 when Men's Health Magazine ranked the city number one on its list of the fattest cities in america.
"Nobody likes to be called obese...it is not something we look forward to," said Dr. Burgin.
And that is when the City of Corpus Christi came together to start programs to make it a healthier city
"We also have conquer the coast with the Chamber of Commerce we also have educational classes that we have at the chamber of commerce," Mayor Nelda Martinez shares.
And since the city has got involved in getting the community moving and healthy again, they say thousands of people have become active since 2010. The Mayor quoted the beach to bay run bringing in 14,000 people.
"When we have partners in place and collaborations then we are more inspired to to keep up with our partners and stick to our plan," the Mayor says.
Having partners in the gym to encourage her, and knowing the community is behind her, is what has kept Ortega going.
"It's crazy like the improvement and the difference in how I feel...and I love it," Ortega says.