Video: 600-Pound Man Begs For Help

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overweight-guy[Video below.] A 600-pound man, only 23 years old, cried out for help on YouTube, and his video has gone viral, reaching almost 200,000 views.

On the day before his birthday, Robert revealed on YouTube that he weighs over 600 pounds and is looking for his last chance of losing weight.

“I’m making this video to try and get it to go viral and get somebody’s help that knows what they’re doing and can help me,” he says in the video. “I’m making this video because I don’t know what else to do.”

In the video, the young man stares into the camera and confesses that he fears for his life for over three minutes. He goes as far as to ask help from “The Biggest Loser” to Dr. Phil.

“This is my last chance, my last hope, one of them at least,” he said. “I’m really scared that I’m not going to be able to watch my niece and nephew grow up, and I’m not going to have a family of my own.”

Dr. Lou Aronne, clinical professor of medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, says obesity is a much bigger problem than simply eating healthier.

“People are going to be inclined to look at this and say, Why doesn’t this guy just go on a diet?” he said. “I gotta tell you, it’s a lot harder than it looks.”

Robert states in his video, “I tried losing weight on my own, tried doing everything possible, been on diets, been hospitalized, I’ve always done what needed to be done at the time, and then I would just gain the weight back.”

However, Aronne urged that obesity isn’t about a lack of discipline, but rather a disease that becomes out of control. Part of the cause, says Aronne, is inflammation in the part of the brain that affects the chemical signals that control body weight.

“Normally your fat cells should be telling your brain how much fat is stored. What happens in someone like Robert is his brain isn’t getting the message,” said Aronne. “He feels like he’s riding around with an empty gas tank all the time.”

With obesity comes health risks, which can become life threatening, among them sleep apnea, heart failure, immobility, high blood pressure, infections and diabetes.

“The first thing you have to do is cut them down on calories before you can get them to move,” said Aronne. “They may need physical therapy before going to a gym.”

Furthermore, Aronne noted that as males such as Robert get bigger, their fat cells begin to turn testosterone into estrogen, causing them to lose all muscle mass.

“They start to gain more weight and it becomes a vicious cycle that in some people, they don’t seem to have a breaking mechanism,” Aronne said. “They don’t have a social support mechanism that helps them to stop at some point. It keeps going around and around.”

As Robert’s popularity begins to grow on the Internet, Aronne urges the public to help people like Robert.

“I think it shows you how desperate people are for help, for real help and how serious a problem obesity is,” Aronne said. “You have to look at this problem in a different way if we’re going to be successful.”

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  1. Why does Matzav feel obligated to show & report every misfit that’s out there? I didn’t & won’t watch such a video! Has this “Torah” website digenerated into the National Inquirer?! Can’t you supply us with some Halachos for erev Purim & Purim itself, instead?

  2. There is no reason to show this, especially if hes just diseased and cant even lose the weight.
    Lets focus on happier things or at least things that can be fixed.

  3. Why does Matzav feel obligated to show & report every misfit that’s out there? I didn’t & won’t watch such a video! Has this “Torah” website digenerated into the National Inquirer?! Can’t you supply us with some Halachos for erev Purim & Purim itself, instead?

    What a kind and compassionate person you must be, Vayishman Yishuren. It is so obvious how charity and concern for your fellow man ooze from every fiber of your ????.

  4. #1 Kol Haposhet Yad is from the first halachos we learn about purim if thats what your askinfg about. This guy is asking for help. And maybe one person out there could help him.

    Yes, your right you dont have to watch the video.

  5. #1 We have many of these same misfits in our community. Obesity, overeating and non-stop partying is an increasing phantom. Let us help him, overselves and others.

  6. we can learn from this. and I don’t understand. If the guy has medical coverage, why can’t his doctor help him with monitoring a diet or doing the rubberband stomach surgery?

  7. #1, there is nothing wrong with this video. On the contrary, it speaks volumes to thousands of over weight frum yidden. maybe they will realize the importance of venishmartem meod es nafshoseichem.

  8. This reiterates the need for national health care. This guy clearly needs aggressive therapy and of course surgery is certain. So if we can take care of our citizens, we are in better shape. Lets hope he gets the physicians and treatment he needs.

  9. I wish he gets the help. I have to be sincere, I have not watched the video, because I find this obscene. I especially get angry when people say obesity is not due to overeating. I understand he must feel desperately hungry all the time, but such statements do a tremendous disservice to all those people who are “only” overweight and for whom it is sufficient to have some self-discipline and lifestyle changes.
    A question. How does he eat? At such weight (#16 no he does not, not even close) he has problem walking to the supermarket, carrying the food…. This person likely has a well-meaning (?!) family member who is feeding him continuously and who will feed him to his death. Possibly that person smuggled his favourite food to him in the hospital. But it is hard to do something about it, as it’s not a crime. Very sad, heartbreaking. I hope someone will help.

  10. 1. Comment from Vayishman Yishuren
    “Why does Matzav feel obligated to show & report every misfit that’s out there?”

    For someone who took the name Vayishman Yishuren which means and yishuren became fat, you have some nerve to make that insensitive comment.

  11. first you have to find out his last name. where he lives.overeating is an emotional disease.guaranteed he is not happy were he is all about environment.change the environment get him the right him with with a place to encouraging team. i guarantee it will change his life!!

  12. To #18:

    Right on. I agree with you %100. You see, we live in a society where no one gets blamed for anything. It’s never anyone’s fault.

  13. To all those bashing #1 remarks your are part of a klal; ones who should be worrying, davening more for Rav Elyashav, Rav Belsky; yes we feel sorry for this man but I doubt any help will come from us……We have nothing without our Gedolei Hador; that’s our priority.
    To #9 specifically “every fiber of your neshomo” should be focused on the matsav of klal Yisroel, not on this ….let the medical people deal with this man’s unfortunate serious problem;
    & on this note it’s time to say Tehillim once again for the Gedolei Hador, without whom chalila we have nothing………

  14. I also agree that this is not “matsav material”…..basically he’s looking for money; listen to the background music; Let us cocern ourselves with torah filled yidden who are childless
    who suffer after 3,5 10 yrs of marriage…..this video is shtus, & has no place on a frum website!

  15. ether it is make him in to popcorn and pop him
    or just let him find help by him self just if he wants to loos wate tell him not to eat
    chulent and kugel tell him to eat salied
    and hethy stuf


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