Back in 2001, Robert Miller, a local photographer, weighed a quarter of a ton.
He had always been heavy, even as a teen, and he continued to gain weight. By the time he reached 548 pounds, many everyday activities had become difficult. Simply walking a short distance across a level floor would leave him breathing hard.
Miller was morbidly obese. The medical term means that he was at least three times his ideal weight. It also meant that his obesity would eventually kill him.