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With weight-loss competition, sheriff's officials strive to regain top form
With weight-loss competition, sheriff's officials strive to regain top form

As a new sheriff's deputy, Michael Tadrous was 200 pounds of muscle. Then his eating habits caught up to him. At parties, he scarfed 40 stuffed grape leaves. At work, he downed chicken sandwiches, fries, Cokes. Fifteen years later, he weighed 278 pounds, which at 5 feet 8 made him morbidly obese and pre-diabetic. The extra weight made him feel like a truck dragging a heavy load. He had recently loosened his gun belt yet another notch, and his pants were size 44, up from 37 as a rookie. On patrol duty in Pico Rivera, he might find himself chasing a suspect or wrestling someone to the ground — and coming out on the losing end. He was ready to make a change. One morning...

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