Grand Rapids woman loses 530 pounds

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Grand Rapids woman says her computer helped her to lose more than 500 pounds.

Fifty-one-year-old Nancy Makin will tell her story Wednesday on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Makin weighed as much as 703 pounds and spent many years living reclusively in her one-bedroom apartment.

She lost 530 pounds in less than three years.

Makin tells The Grand Rapids Press that it started happening after a relative hooked her up with a computer.

She says she discovered that she could quickly make friends in Internet chat rooms.

Her online social life ended up working wonders on her figure as she stopped using food to bury her feelings of isolation.

Makin cleans houses for a living but hopes to become a motivational speaker.

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