We first told you about Katelynn Marshall last spring. At eleven years old she decided to start losing weight. "Nine pounds and my target is about 90 more," said Marshall. While at Carpenter Elementary Katelynn began breaking old habits. Marshall recalled, "I used to just watch TV, drink sodas, eat chips. The only time I would get exercise was when I was going from the couch to the refrigerator to get something else to eat."
Exactly what Katelynn's coach, Sarah Ferrell discouraged everyday in class. So when Katelynn came to her for help she was overwhelmed. "It brings tears to my eyes when she comes to me and tells me that she wants to lose weight because I'm very encouraged that I'm not being the mean old P.E. teacher that everybody thinks that I am."
No, the mean ones were often other children. Katelyn's mom, Arlena Marshall said, "She used to come home crying, upset because kids would call her fat and make fun of her." Katelynn said about being overweight, "It's bad. People look at you different because you don't amount to nothing and it makes you feel like you don't matter."