In 2013, Scott Santarlas visited Walt Disney World with his wife, Kristy, and their three kids. The then 34-year-old weighed 477 pounds and recalls having to rent a mobility scooter inside the theme parks because keeping up with his family on foot was too exhausting.

The humbling experience changed his life.

"I thought, 'I've got to change this for my family,'" Santarlas, who recalls "always being the fat kid" growing up, told TODAY. "I felt so embarrassed. I had always been up and down where my weight was concerned, but I knew then that what I was doing was not what was best for my family."

Santarlas began a lengthy journey, starting with gastric sleeve surgery, a bariatric procedure that removes 75-80% of the stomach, in 2014. The Prospect Park, Pennsylvania dad lost approximately 130 pounds as a result of the surgery, but found himself at a plateau, unable to lose additional weight and still at nearly 350 pounds.

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