Health PEOPLE Marks 20 Years of 'Half Their Size' with New Anniversary Edition
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The idea was simple: Hear from regular people — not celebrities with personal trainers or private chefs — about how they had lost a transformative amount of weight through lifestyle changes.
Back in 2002, PEOPLE reporters reached out to gyms, diet companies and to a national registry that studied long-term weight loss to find the first (brave) group of seven people to show off their before and after photos.
The idea quickly proved to be a hit, and a new Half Their Size class has appeared in the magazine's pages every year since for two decades. Now PEOPLE is celebrating the milestone with a 20th anniversary special edition,.
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After that first group showed what was possible, "eventually people started contacting us," says Elizabeth Sporkin, the former executive editor who long oversaw those issues. "Over time the emphasis shifted from looking better to feeling better," she notes. In that spirit, this new, expanded edition offeatures the latest inspirational stories, plus practical tips from two decades of wellness wisdom as well as new workouts from our partners at , recipes from , and some specific guidance to come out of the past two stressful years.
South Carolina writer Shelli Johnson, a member of the HTS 2020 class, had maintained her 174 lbs. weight loss for more than a decade. Then came the pandemic. "I ended up gaining 13 lbs. during quarantine because I was looking for food to fix something — namely, a trapped feeling I had," Johnson shared when PEOPLE checked back in with her. "I lost the weight again easily once I identified the actual problem and stopped using food to try to fix it."
Queen uses a walking stick as she views hand-decorated luxury pieces
The Queen, 95, was due to visit the Halcyon Days factory in Staffordshire in 2020 to mark its own Platinum Jubilee of 70 years, but plans were put on hold when the pandemic struck.Wearing half-moon glasses to examine the artefacts and holding a walking stick, she peered at the luxury pieces by British craftwork firm Halcyon Days, which is held in such high esteem by the royals it has three Royal Warrants.
Lexlee Hudson, who appeared in the latest Half Their Size issue, had a similar experience. "As 2020 taught us, there aren't many things we can control," says Hudson, now a health coach in San Antonio, who lost 187 lbs. "But we can control what we put in our body and what we tell ourselves. It's important to protect that."
The new special edition also catches up with some early Half Their Size participants, including first cover subject Karen Brown, a hairstylist from Centennial, Colo.
Now 56, Brown has maintained the weight loss that made her something of a local celebrity. When the 2002 issue went on sale, she was on the checkout line at her grocery store. "I was being looked at like, 'Are you on the cover of PEOPLE magazine? Are you important? Should I get your autograph?'" Brown recalls now. "I had to laugh; it was such an honor."
Kate and Prince William are all smiles as they visit Bahamas church
As their Caribbean tour to mark the Queen's Platinum jubilee comes to a close, Prince William and Kate are visiting a part of the Bahamas that was badly affected by Hurricane Dorian in 2019.The couple were all smiles as they left their hotel this morning on their way to the church Abaco - a chain of islands in the northern Bahamas which was dramatically hit by Hurricane Dorian with winds of up to 185mph and left devastation in its wake.
The message she first shared with readers remains the same today. "It inspired so many people that a regular Joe could do it without magic pills or any type of hocus-pocus, just naturally through exercise and eating right," Brown says. "I have always been humble about my story but very secure in my methods. If you truly take your health into your own hands, keep it positive — have a healthy heart, mind and soul — you can do it for life."
PEOPLE's special editionis available now wherever magazines are sold.
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