No matter where rapper David Banner goes, he always reps his home state of Mississippi (he literally has the state tattooed across his back). Now the rapper, producer and actor is seen in Oscar-winning films, on Capital Hill lobbying and working out. But the rapper wasn’t always fit. He grew up like many of us, eating lots of comfort foods. After ballooning to more than 255 lbs, his eating habits and (non-existent) workout routine had put his health at serious risk. Banner shared how (and why) he decided to finally drop the weight.

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