BLOG: Katherine: Fat, but fixing it

Katherine Ranzenberger
York Dispatch

Hi, my name is Katherine Ranzenberger. I’m the York Dispatch’s health reporter, which is ironic because I am extremely unhealthy.

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I’m a journalist, a career path whose diet reputation is that of unhealthy “meals” — read: fast food burgers or combos and a pop — in the car on the way to interviews, late nights with pizza (my fave) galore and a coffee [bae] IV to keep us awake.

I’ve been chubby since I hit puberty, and I don’t have a great track record for eating right. I was raised by a journalist, OK?

However, at 24, I’m overweight, and I’m unhappy. (Despite how happy I am to be with Chewbacca.)

Katherine Ranzenberger stands in the hallway with Chewbacca. Yes, I am a nerd, but look at how chubby my stomach area is.

I’m 5’6”. I weigh 168 pounds. My body mass index [something that’s been argued over in the last few weeks] is 27.1. This is not OK.

I’m sure there are many others out there like me that want to get fit, who want to eat better and want to be healthy, but are struggling with motivation, finances or physical ability.

So that’s why I’m sharing this.

I’m from Michigan, where 30.7 percent of adults are obese, according to Michigan is ranked at 17 in the nation for obesity.

Pennsylvania isn’t doing much better. Here, we’re ranked 20 in the nation for obesity rates. According to, 30.2 percent of adults in the state are obese.

Guys, I’m not comfortable with being included in any of those stats.

You shouldn’t be either.

WellSpan started the 10 Pound Throwdown four years ago. The health network’s goal is to help the people it serves learn small ways to change their lifestyles so they can lose weight and become healthier.

It’s a 10 week challenge running from March 15 to May 23.

Over the next 10 weeks, I’m going to share things I learn and tips for small things we can do together to become healthier. I'll share photos and videos of food I eat, my exercising habits — something I despise — as well as words of motivation and things you can try at home.

Yes, it’s going to be a struggle. I have health limitations, both physical and mental, and I’ll be sharing them with you over the next couple months.

However, this isn’t just my health anymore. It’s about your health, too, and making sure we can come together as a community to become healthier.

I hope I can get at least one of you to join me on this journey. Tell me what you're doing to get healthy and stay fit. Reach out to me via email at, Tweet at me [@YDKatherine] and follow me on Facebook [].

Together, we can do this. This is [Your]k Health.