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A first-grade teacher who tipped the scales at 390lbs has lost a whopping 180lbs in just 10 months by following a healthy diet and exercise routine — after initially considering gastric bypass surgery.
Dara Sarshuri, 35, from Madisonville, Tennessee, learned he weighed nearly 400lbs last February when he stepped on the scale for the first time in more than two years.
Teacher - Vonore - Elementary - Today - Number
The five-foot-nine teacher at Vonore Elementary told Today that he was stunned by the number on the sale, admitting that it was 'way more' than he had thought it would be.
'I was just mad at myself,' he said. 'It really just hit me and I thought, "You got to do something. You are almost 400 pounds."'
Dara - Food - Part - Upbringing - Father
Dara explained that food was an important part of his upbringing as his father is a Persian immigrant and his mother grew up in the south.
Both the Persian and Southern sides of his family loved to cook, and he grew up eating lots or rice dishes and fried foods.
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He noted that there was always 'a lot of food,' and there was an expectation for him to clean his plate. Although he described himself as a 'husky' kid, he was able to manage his weight by playing sports.
Dara stopped exercising when he got older, and the pounds really started to pile on after college, when he started working full-time and stopped watching what he ate.
People - Obesity - Teacher
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