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When 34-year-old twins Mary and Ruth appeared on The Oprah Show in 2005, Mary was 300 pounds heavier than her sister. While Mary said she always felt like “the fat twin,” Ruth obsessed over her own weight and battled eating disorders. During the show, Ruth admitted to being embarrassed by her sister's overeating, and Mary's son shared his concerns about his mother's weight. Then, six years later, a devastating tragedy ultimately pushed Mary to take control of her health. Watch her emotional update. For more on #WhereAreTheyNow, visit

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  1. One thing you can learn of this video.. that you will never know what’s
    going to happen.. He was afraid that he’s mom going to die because she’s
    fat but he did. Die before her in a car accident.. we shouldn’t make other
    people’s life harder that’s not the way to support a person by telling him
    that I you’re going to die because of your weight or being ashamed of !! I
    don’t know when people will stop judging others based on how they look.. or
    lifestyle.. we can try helping others in more sensitive way.. being harsh
    and judgmental never helped fixing problems or be a good motivational

  2. I felt so bad watching that chair break. I can only imagine how that must
    have felt. Then they mentioned her son, and I somehow knew what was
    coming… This woman’s story is both heartbreaking and motivational. I hope
    things are good in her life now.

  3. Wow what a powerful story. So sorry for Mary’s loss. But I’m sure your son
    would be very proud of you. And I’m sure he’s encouraging you from above.
    God bless you and your family.

  4. Im so sorry for her loss i feel so bad but just remember he is with you
    everyday by your side . Its so hard leaving someone so close

  5. It’s sad that her son had to die before she took action. Regardless, I’m
    glad she did it.

  6. That “sister” Ruth is truly ruth-less!!! How can you discourage and shame
    your own sister like that? That’s truly not going to make it better, the
    woman needed support to gain strength and motivation in the first place.

  7. He seemed like such a sweet boy and that’s so sad. I have four boys of my
    own and I cannot imagine losing one of them. I love them so much and my
    life would be lost and pointless without them. I applaud her for losing
    some weight and getting healthier…but I hope she’s doing it for HERSELF
    as well…and not just because she lost her son. <3

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