Joyce Parks has been a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital
for two dozen years, yet recently she's found colleagues
passing her by wordlessly in the corridors. Parks doesn't
fault them. Even she doesn't immediately recognize herself
in photos these days.
Over the past year, she has shrunk down seven dress sizes,
one shoe size, and trimmed 10 inches off her waist. Best
of all, after losing 45 percent of her body weight, Parks
has shed her medical problems. MORE
Recently, an ominous rise in diabetes has
paralleled the increase in Americans' waistlines.
Nurse Joyce Parks, now and then
(at 300 pounds). "It doesn't feel real yet," says
Parks, who still exercises five times a week to maintain her
135-pound weight loss.