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November 5, 2012

Incredible shrinking councilor

Peabody's Barry Osborne is sporting a sleek new profile


Second came the acknowledgment that you can’t simply stop eating — “You have to eat.” But with careful planning, you can do it and still lose weight.

“You eat until you’re satisfied,” he says.

After this renewed weight loss campaign, he took off 70 pounds on his way to losing nearly 100.

As he takes his seat in the council chambers, Osborne looks almost svelte. It’s a change others have made note of.

“It’s kind of satisfying,” he says. “And as you have success, you get a little more into it.”

He’s experienced the roller-coaster effect of weight loss before. “I’ve lost about 7,000 pounds,” he jokes. Yet he’s never been as successful as this.

He laughs at the notion that weight loss often means a run for higher office. He passed on the race for mayor in 2011.

The important thing is that he feels better now, though he adds, “I felt pretty good before.”

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