Shamblin’s untimely death in a May 2021 plane crash that also killed her husband Joe Lara, her son-in-law and other members of the church is the opening scene for this three-part story on weight loss, Jesus and control.

Shamblin’s story of being an overweight young woman who went on to make millions through a simple weight loss program is the stuff of the American dream, but her story is also about the American obsession with God, looks and discipline.

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