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Losing It with Jillian – The Plunkett Marquez Family

The Plunkett-Marquez Family

On episode six of Losing it with Jillian, Jillian heads to Camp Verde, Arizona, to help a Native American family learn how to follow a better lifestyle.

The Plunkett-Marquez family are leaders of the Yavapai-Apache Nation tribe. The family consists of grandma Delores, the mother, Cora-Lei, 15-year-old son Brandon, seven-year-old daughter Katie and Cora-lei’s sister, Delight. Cora-Lei’s husband, Brian, has been in Iraq with the Marines for the past year and the family has rallied to support her and their three kids. All of the family members are overweight and have or are at risk for diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, Native Americans are at greater risk for having the disease than anyone. While six percent of the American population has diabetes, the prevalence of diabetes among Native Americans is twice as high.