Jesse Campos says he startled himself, when at the age of nine, he weighed in at 220 pounds. Unable to bend over and tie his shoes or run around like the other kids at recess, both he and his mom knew his weight was impacting his health and quality of life, but it was pediatrician, Dr. Sharon Peng at Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center that inspired him to get active and reach for apples and oranges rather than chips and dip.
Jesse describes Dr. Peng’s approach as blunt, but is quick to add “…[that’s] exactly what I needed. Any other approach wouldn’t have worked.”
Dr. Peng wants Jesse and all her patients to have a long, healthy life. Motivated by Dr. Peng’s candor and support, Jesse says he came to realize “that I [had] to stop eating all the junk food… I had to exercise, and not just sit around on the computer all day, and I surprised myself.”
Now 17 years old and 46 pounds lighter, at 174 pounds, Jesse says that “… not only did I gain self confidence from losing weight, but I also [feel] better physically.”