In 2005, She Weighed 420 Pounds, and Her Twin Sister Weighed 120. Wait Until You See Her Now!

Weight loss is a difficult subject, no more so than when you’re the one tipping the scales. People make assumptions. They’re judgmental; they can be cruel. Imagine dealing with the world’s harsh gaze, coupled with your own self-doubt and negative thoughts. Then imagine that a) you’re a twin and b) your twin sister is not only underweight, she’s the child your own mother called “the pretty one.” That was life for Mary, who appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005 with her sister Ruth to tell her story. When OWN checked in with the pair in 2014 for a “Where Are They Now?” segment, they found out that Mary had begun a weight-loss journey— but she was inspired by the most tragic reason. Watch to see how she found hope, and for a reminder that the best time to start is always now.

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