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Fighting Obesity Part II

Kanoelani Rogers Kanoelani Rogers
Dr. Stephen Bradley is working with Rogers Dr. Stephen Bradley is working with Rogers
Behavioral therapist Mei Kaneaiakala Behavioral therapist Mei Kaneaiakala
Donald Ilaban, Rogers grandpa Donald Ilaban, Rogers grandpa
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By: Joann Shin

(KHNL) - Sometimes you're in a crowd and you can feel like you're all alone.

At times, it can seem that way for Kanoelani Rogers.

"Some things aren't fair in my life. It's not fair I can't walk," explained Rogers.

She's struggled with obesity her entire life.

But she's trying to lose weight.

Rogers first began her fight at 15 years old and 564 pounds.

She went to the Malama Ola Clinic in Waianae.

She lost more than 200 pounds under strict supervision.

But she eventually gained most of it back.

"You say, 'Oh, I'll just eat this and maybe tomorrow I'll go walk.' But then you eat it and don't feel like walking and you want to eat another. Then you start eating more, then start eating more and the walking is put off until later and later and later," explained Rogers.

Now she's back at the clinic and working with the same team of experts, including Dr. Stephen Bradley.

"I think coming back to her old scheme of things. There are a lot of triggers for her eating, stress and such that come into play," said Dr. Bradley, who supervises the program.

Behavioral therapist Mei Kaneaiakala says the goal is to figure out what caused her to gain the weight back.

She said, "If you can't address those issues, it's always going to be there and it's going to be hindering their success."

One challenge is that she also cares for her grandpa.

"I'm not trying to put the blame on my papa, but I have to go doctor appointment. After I work out, I'm tired and I don't want to do anything," said Rogers.

According to her grandpa, Donald Ilaban, "Looking at her like that. I don't want her to die before I die. I want her to enjoy life."

She also constantly deals with people's misperceptions.

"Being obese is a real stigma and she lives with it everyday," said Dr. Bradley.

We wanted to see how people treat her.

With two cameras-one from a distance and another hidden in a baseball cap, we captured their reactions.

"They might stare, point. Kids, I understand. They want to ask questions like, 'How come you're so fat?' "

Dr. Bradley explained, "Many obese people don't consciously deal with that and it's internalized and that can lead to further problems like impulsive eating and stress."

Dr. Bradley says the key is to make sure that doesn't happen.

For the months to come, they'll create a plan of action that addresses everything from Roger's emotional to physical needs.

And while she's not alone-the commitment will need to be all her own.

"Encouragement is good, support is good, especially there's a lot of people encouraging me right now," said Rogers.

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