Becky Hamm, of Davenport, has gained international recognition for her 89.2 pound weight loss from the non-profit TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight loss, education and support organization.
In addition, she recently received the title of First Place Division 3 winner, according to a press release. Hamm lost more weight than any other female member in her weight class in the US and Canada in calendar year 2019 (winners will be announced in 2020).
She attributes her success in losing weight to the support she receives from her TOPS colleagues along with portion control and regular exercise.
“I am so happy that I turned to TOPS. There is so much support within the chapter – I have cheerleaders, ”said Hamm. “I ran / ran in my first 5 km on Thanksgiving Day 2019 and can now ride my bike and climb stairs without puffing and puffing.”
IOWA FACTS & STATISTICS:
- 35.3% of the adult population in the state of Iowa are obese – the seventh highest obesity rate in the country
- There are 105 TOPS chapters in the state
- Last year participants lost a total of 6,158 pounds
- Obesity affects more than a third of all Americans – that’s 78.6 million people. According to the CDC, this is linked to “about 112,000 deaths a year in this country”. Obesity can cause a number of medical conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer
TOPS was founded in 1948 and is the only non-profit, non-profit organization for weight loss of this kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a “Real People. Real weight loss. “Philosophy that combines helping others with weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, and wellness information. TOPS has more than 100,000 members – men and women, ages seven and older – in its network of thousands of weight loss support chapters across the United States and Canada.