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Arkansas woman featured in PEOPLE magazine's "Half Their Size" issue

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KARK) - A Northwest Arkansas woman is featured in PEOPLE Magazine's "Half Their Size" issue. 

Bonnie Wiles, 58, of Fayetteville, is one of six incredible women who dropped half their body weight – and kept it off for years. 

Bonnie Wiles went into foster care at just three years old. “When I was five, my sister Brenda and I were adopted by a loving family but were separated from my three other siblings,” Wiles tells PEOPLE. “My new family encouraged me to clean my plate, and we ate a lot of starchy foods. By 18, I was over 200 lbs.”  Wiles tried diets but kept gaining weight after getting married and having four children.  “It wasn’t until my first grandson was born in 2011 that I committed to get healthy.” 

Wiles was 310 lbs. when she joined TOPS, a weight-loss support group.  “It keeps you accountable because you have to get on a scale once a week,” says Wiles. She also used the MyFitnessPal app: “It tells me if I’m overeating and helps me keep track of how much I walk – usually 50 miles a week.”  Wiles admits, “When I was heavy, I had to ask for a seatbelt extender on a plane. Now I can’t wait to go with my family to Hawaii, where I can show off my favorite body part – my arms.” 


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