Portion Size Me
Marshall Reid had a problem. Ten years old and already obese, he was tired of being bullied at school and unable to join the other children for games of tag or ball. His mother, trying to manage two jobs and all of her children’s busy schedules while her husband served in Iraq, relied upon convenience foods, and Marshall’s waistline was paying the price.
With his family’s support, Marshall decided to spend one month making only healthy food choices. He learned about nutrition, how to read food labels, and how to cook from fresh ingredients. Along the way, he made videos of his discoveries and accomplishments and posted them on YouTube for his father to watch in Iraq.
But his father wasn’t the only one watching the videos. Other kids trying to live healthier lives started following Marshall’s lead. News organizations picked up the videos. Then a publisher offered Marshall (and his mother) a book deal.
Two years after Marshall started his Portion Size Me project, he is still dedicated to healthy eating. He lost two pant sizes, works out three times a week, and more importantly, feels better about himself. This summer, he and his family will be travelling across the country, challenging kids to choose healthy foods.