In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Education teamed up to study bullying. They knew the issue was a growing problem with America’s youth, and they wanted to see concrete data. What they found was heart-breaking. While less than 20 percent of students reported cyber-bullying, 1 in 4 had been bullied in the presence of peers. Their stories included incidents of physical, mental and emotional bullying, and shed light on just how prevalent the issue had become.
Like so many, Lindsey knew what it was like to be bullied. At only five years old, kids began to call her “cow” and “fatso.” Compacting the issue was a series of health problems, including asthma and diabetes. In 2011, at 485 pounds, she considered gastric bypass surgery, but was encouraged to lose weight naturally. What followed is an incredible feat of determination, spirit and endurance. To anyone who has overcome what seemed to be impossible odds, Lindsey’s story is a must-see.