For Stephen, an anatomy class changed everything. It was during his junior year at Ohio State University, and during one lab session, the biology major was tasked with examining a human cadaver. The person had died at the age of 56 from a heart attack. The amount of fat contained within the cadaver struck him the most.
He immediately noticed similarities between the body that lay in front of him, and as someone who had carried extra weight his entire life, his own body.
“The realization hit me like a rock,” Stephen says. “I realized that could be me one day if I did not make a lifestyle change to improve my health while I was young.”