Obesity Epidemic: Breanna Bond Determined & Bullied At Age 9, Loses 66 Pounds

Posted on Dec 10 2012 - 7:30am by GumBumping Lady (Toyiah Marquis)

Childhood obesity as we know it has been steadily climbing. Well one girl and her family had the courage to do something about it…

Breanna Bond weighed 186 pounds by the time she was 9 years old. The extra weight made it difficult for her to breathe and move around. The California girl soon became a target for bullies.

Breanna Bond

“Everybody at school would call me names,” she said. “They would call me fatty, they would call me fat head.”

Breanna’s weight gain began when she was a baby, reaching 100 pounds by the time she got to kindergarten. She couldn’t keep up with the friends who were running while they played.

“Her pediatrician always said that she’d grow into her body and then, after a while, we went and got other doctors’ opinions,” Breanna’s mother, Heidi Bond of Clovis, Calif., said today on “Good Morning America.” “We had her tested for everything from thyroid to diabetes – her endocrinology got tested – allergies, and everything came out fine so we knew at that point we had to step things up.”

Breanna Bond

Breanna Bond

Breanna Bond

Bond and Breanna’s father, Dan Bond, decided to take matters into their own hands. Heidi Bond designed an exercise routine for her daughter and the entire family. They began to walk the 4-mile trail near their home.

“There was nothing that stopped us,” Heidi Bond said. “We went at night, in the rain, in the hail, in the fog, nothing. We had a zero-tolerance policy. We’re doing the walk, no matter what.”
Before long, Breanna had lost 37 pounds. In less than a year, her weight loss totaled 66 pounds.
In addition to following a diet that limits fat to 20 grams per day, Breanna also began using her home treadmill for an hour and 15 minutes each day. She also started to play basketball and joined the swim team.
“[That] I can be involved in sports and I can keep up with my friends when we’re playing,” Breanna said on “GMA” of her favorite aspect of her weight loss. “I can just move more.”
Heidi Bond said Breanna inspires her every day.

“She is an inspiration to the world and all children who are having weight issues across America, that you can do it with a pair of tennis shoes and motivation,” Bond said.
The Bonds offered three tips for other parents who are looking to keep their children healthy: start as soon as possible, exercise and enforce healthy eating habits.

“Don’t be afraid to do the tough love,” Dan Bond said on “GMA.” “It’s worth it in the long run. It’s their life that’s at stake.”


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“Toyiah Marquis” was a singer in the nationally recognized R&B singing group Che. A group that traveled throughout the US with many reputable artists such as The Chi-lites, The Emotions, The Stylistics, CeCe Peninston, Twista, Public Announcement and many more acts in their 14 year history of being in the music industry. Additionally, LaToya “Toyiah Marquis” is a SAG credited Actress with credits ranging from TV to film, best known for her role in the motion picture "Barbershop" where she played "Samir's Wife." Also a published co-author of 2 (two) highly-acclaimed children’s books “Not fat because I wanna be,” & “Stand Up! Bully Busters....coming to town” which she wrote with her then 6-year-old daughter, Award-Winning, Author, LaNiyah Bailey. She is also responsible for the development and success of RCA Records recording artist Jawan Harris; whom she managed from the age of 5 to 12 years old alongside Multi-Platinum, super-producer “Kaygee” from the legendary hip-hop group “Naughty By Nature.” Currently, “Toyiah Marquis” is the Executive Director of The G.L.A.R.E (Girls Loving And Respecting Everyone) Club which is a not-for-profit organization which mentors teen girls throughout the Chicago land area and owner of the nationally known Entertainment News resource Gumbumper.com. Known to many as an "Entrepreneurial Hustler." “Toyiah Marquis,” has many notches in her belt which range from experience in Artist Management, Writing, Import/Export, Cosmetics, Marketing and Publishing. My goals are to be successful in anything I touch. I want to create a legacy for my daughters. I want to have enough power to help people deal with their struggles, help empower them and create self-confidence to help people achieve their dreams and goals in life. I want to make a difference in the world. * I am chairman & co-founder of So She Cosmetics, Inc