Dayton man celebrating new life after astounding weight loss

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A Dayton man is celebrating an astounding weight loss he says saved his life and changed his perspective.

Emerson Easley, 43, of Dayton, weighed over 560 pounds nearly two years ago and was confined to an electric wheelchair, he told CBS affiliate KOSA-TV.

Easley reports to have lost a total of 280 pounds since making the decision to turn his life around in June of 2015.

After losing immediate family members over a short period of time, Easley said he fell into a depression that found him making unhealthy life-choices.

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Easley's foot and leg as they appeared before his 280-pound weight loss. Emerson Easley/Contributed

Easley's foot and leg as they appeared before his 280-pound weight loss. Emerson Easley/Contributed

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Easley's foot and leg as they appeared before his 280-pound weight loss. Emerson Easley/Contributed

"I absolutely hated who I was and the fact I allowed myself to get like that. For four years I wasn't able to wear any shoes. All I could wear was house shoes," Easley said.

Easley told KOSA his doctors advised he lose weight to avoid an early death.

"I slept sitting up on the couch. I had lymph-edema in both my legs. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol. At one point my kidneys were shutting down, I was in bad shape,” Easley said.

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