Samr “Rocky” Tayeh was first introduced to journalism when he joined Radio Rookies in 2003 and produced the radio documentary "My Struggle with Obesity," which won an honorable mention at the 2005 Third Coast Audio Festival. The audience and media response to his personal account of living as a fat teenager put Rocky at the center of the public discussion about the national childhood obesity epidemic.
Radio Rookie Rocky Tayeh - 300 pounds later
Sunday, November 08, 2009 - 08:19 PM
This week Radio Rookies is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and checking in with some of the past Rookies.
As a fat child child and then a morbidly obese teenager I missed out on a lot. I watched my friends ride roller coasters, go ice skating, and dance - all while I watched on the sideline hoping one day I could do all the things skinny people can do.
Now, 300 pounds less, I am discovering a whole new world. My first skinny person task was fitting into a normal college desk, something I was waiting desperately for.
About a month ago I finally got my butt on a bike, I fell off a few times, but I learned how to ride.Last week I went dancing for the first time and it felt so good. This skinny me gets invited to a whole new world, a fun world I used to dream about being a part of.
And the next time someone asks me, 'Are you a model?', I'll keep the old me a secret and scream, ''Hell yeah I'm a model!'
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