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McDaniel student loses half her body weight

McDaniel student loses half her body weight

At age 23, Malarie Burgess couldn't fit into restaurant booths, she had to buy clothes online, and she endured stares and comments from strangers, particularly children. The year was 2010, and she weighed 350 pounds.

"I had kind of fooled myself into thinking I was OK," recalled Burgess, who grew up in Westminster. But then a family friend sat her down and urged her to change. "She said she was worried about my health," Burgess said of the friend. "Initially, I was very offended."

But Burgess couldn't get the warning out of her head, and within a week, she vowed to change.

By 2012, she had shed more than half her body weight. Burgess is...