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Chaz Bono embarks on public weight loss

Chaz Bono wants to lose weight.

The transgender author and activist has been struggling with his weight for several years and currently tips the scales at 250 pounds.

Bono, 43, opens up about his weight struggles to ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, co-host of the syndicated television show The Doctors in an episode airing Wednesday.

‘I wasn’t an overweight child, but I was put on diets all the time. So there was a lot of pressure to be underweight growing up.’ Bono says. ‘I hope the pressure of doing something publicly will give me more incentive [to lose weight].’

On the show, Stork will lay out details of a fitness and nutrition program designed to help Bono achieve the doctor-recommended weight loss goal of 50-80 pounds.

‘You’re at a critical juncture,’ Stork tells Bono. ‘You’re 43 years of age and failure is not an option.’ As the only child of the late Sonny Bono and of Cher, Bono has been famous all of his life and even appeared on his parents’ television variety show as a child. ‘People might say I can’t empathize with Chaz because Chaz has lived a unique life. But the truth is Chaz’s story is not that different from everyone else out there trying to lose weight,’ Stork says.

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