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New push to get rid of the other F-word

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

With each step on the treadmill that Jason Day takes, he says he feels better.

"I have dropped 48 pounds in 57 days," Day said."It feels especially great to be able to play with my children for more than two minutes, and not be winded."

On Wednesday he said he works out two hours a day at the Imagine Center in Greenville, but said he recalls a time the pain he felt as a child was even heavier than the weight he carried.

"No one ever wanted the fat kid to play with them," Day said.

He said the word fat, which he heard often, hurt him.

And now, members with the National Eating Disorders Association are asking for everyone to do away with what they call the new F-word, meaning fat. It's part of their Proud 2 Be Me campaign.

It's a step Day said, he has also taken with his children.

"She says dad I can put my arms around you now, and they touch," Day said.

And while he works out, his children are active at the childcare center.

"So, we'll do a nutrition segment, and we'll do a fitness segment," Jennifer LeGrand said.

She's the childcare director at the Imagine Center.

"We'll do different lifting skills over there, and balance skills," LeGrand said.

She said the F-word, and talks about being on a diet aren't allowed.

"I think it's important to understand what fat is medically, and so that they understand that it's important to have some fat on our bodies," LeGrand said.

Statistics show more than 40 percent of 9 and 10-year-old girls are already dieting in the country.

"Rather than focus on weight loss, we try to use the words gain health," Michael Worley said.

He's the fitness program manager with Bon Secours Saint Francis Health System in Greenville.

"With the pressures of media and society, those children are probably going to have an unrealistic expectation of what their bodies should look like at that early of an age," Worley said.

At the Bon Secours Saint Francis Millennium Campus, client workout, which include children, are monitored by exercise physiologists.

"We help them identify what stresses there are in their lives, and also their genetics," Worley said.

He said it's a ministry to change lives with a nutrition plan, and encourage clients to be active.

Day said that's what he learned about becoming more healthy. He said he's now off medication, and his family is healthier too.

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