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"I was overweight my whole life, and I didn't like it," says Samia Akram, 18, of Huntington Station. Wanting to look more like her trimmer peers, Akram turned to her gym teacher for advice and within one school year she lost 85 pounds. Read how she did it by clicking here.(Credit: Courtesy Samia Akram; William Perlman)

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Dropping lbs: LIers share weight-loss success stories

Photos from Dropping lbs, our health feature highlighting weight-loss success stories. Do you have a weight-loss story? Send it to ann.smukler@newsday.com

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