AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) - A WT graduate loses over 200 pounds after his dad tells him he doesn't want to bury his own child.
Dean Mead was 21-years-old when he realized his weight was impacting his health.
"I just, my throat swelled up, I started sweating, I had to call the ambulance, I didn't know what was going on, the doctors didn't know what was going on because they couldn't find a vein to draw my blood. So me and my mother thought it was a heart attack. I honestly thought I was going to die," said Mead.
He had gotten up to 515 pounds but didn't know it.
"When you actually see it, because I wouldn't get on the scale because I was big my whole life, so when I got on the scale and saw that, that is when I knew I needed to do something," added Mead.
Mead says after a comment from his dad saying he didn't want to bury his son and the health scare, he decided to start moving more.
"I would just use the bathroom, the handicap one because I was too scared to go to the gym, being how big I was. So I would use the bathroom and stairs at Centennial."
He tells us he didn't go to the gym because he was embarrassed and didn't want other gym goers to judge him.
"Normal people, they look at bigger people funny like they aren't supposed to be part of society, and when you go to the gym, they still look at you funny like you aren't supposed to be there."
Mead hopes his story inspires other people to move more and make the change.
"I say just get up and do it, no matter who is in front of you, who is making fun of you, no matter what, you know you have to do it for yourself just block out the negative comments."
He also reminds everyone to focus on how you feel and look and not necessarily the number on the scale.
Mead says he has been an inspiration for some of his family members when it comes to getting into better shape.
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