In 1995, The Baltimore Sun ran a front-page photo of a 3-year-old boy, clad only in underpants, standing in front of an ice-cream truck licking a melting Fudgsicle. It sparked calls and letters to the newsroom and became the topic of city-wide conversation, and brought unsought fame to the big-for-his-age boy in the photo.
That boy was John Boias.
“I wouldn’t say the picture is a major part of my life,” said Boias, now 20, who still struggles with his weight. “But it’s a part of my life. I do think it has been important for me to accept that.”