Michigan Man Who Lost 475 Lbs. Plans To Run Marathon In Detroit

Carlos Orosco weighed 650 lbs. three years ago.

WWJ News
October 16, 2019 - 6:31 pm

Before & After Photo Courtesy Carlos Orasco

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By Sandra McNeill | WWJ

For Carlos Orosco of Saginaw County, the turning point came in a doctor's office about three years ago.

He was 38 years old and tipping the scales at 650 lbs. The doctor told him he was headed for an early death. His mother was with him. She left the office in tears.

"My mom just heard the doctor tell her that he really didn't know how much longer I would be living. That broke me right there."  

Orosco said that eating had become his major vice. He was consuming what he said were "thousands upon thousands" of calories a day, mostly in fast food.

"I would stop in the morning and pick up fast food for breakfast and then lunch, and then dinner on the way home.  And then I would just continue to eat food that I had at home."

Orosco said he would eat because he was happy, or because he was sad, or everything in between, and living alone, he had no one to hold him accountable. "Food was a very comforting thing for me,"  he said.

Orosco signed up for Bariatric surgery and enlisted a psychologist to help with his pattern of overeating and lost 475 lbs. Along the way, he took up running. Orosco had to lose 100 lbs. in one month to be approved for the surgery.

"Years ago, I never thought there was a purpose to running," Orosco joked. "I fell in love with the whole adrenaline part of it. I've always been a competitive person all my life and when I walked my first 5K, just the atmosphere...people just cheering you on...I just got hooked."

Orosco has since run 40 races, from 5ks to half marathons, but the Detroit Free Press TCF Bank Marathon this weekend will be by far the longest race he has ever run.

"I don't know until I try. I'm a little apprehensive about it, it does scare me. But I've been training for it for a long time. I've had some great training partners and some great coaches."

26,000 people are expected to turn out for the annual Detroit Free Press TCF Bank Marathon, which sets off in downtown Detroit early Sunday morning.