LIVERMORE (CBS 5) — A 700-pound Livermore man’s plea for help to lose weight has become a viral sensation on YouTube in less than 24 hours.

Robert Gibbs, who turned 23 on Friday, said he is a prisoner in his own body.

“I spend most of my days right here, watching TV.” Gibbs said from his couch. “I have to slide forward to get off this couch. I’m just trapped, and there’s no way out.”

On Thursday, something clicked for the Livermore man who has struggled with his weight since the age of four. He has also been hospitalized twice. As Gibbs was stuck in bed, he recorded the video.

“This is my last chance, my last hope, one of them. I really scared I’m not going to be able to watch my niece and nephew grow up,” Gibbs said in the video.

Gibbs, who has diabetes, said he is beyond helping himself. He has sores all over his body and can’t stand for more than a few minutes. He is on disability and may suffer from depression. To save money and feed his food addiction, Gibbs often eats fast food.

“I made that video as a plea for someone’s help,” he said.

His plea for help did not fall on deaf ears. In 24 hours, his video had 200,000 hits. Gibbs also received calls from news stations around the world.

“I didn’t expect it to catch on the way it did,” he said.

During an interview with CBS 5, he also received a phone call from a producer representing weight loss guru Chris Powell. He broke into a huge smile after taking the call.

“I would love his help, he works miracles,” he said. “I’m getting the exposure I needed. I better start getting ready ofr the tornado that’s about ot become my life. I guess it is a good birthday for me.”

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Comments (327)
  1. ADB says:

    OK, so just WHO has been feeding him since age 4? He went to school and at some point NObody thought there …. uh, MIGHT be a PROBLEM?

    Fast food places don’t just deliver couch-side. SOMEbody is feeding the guy! If he can’t get off of the chair … SOMEBODY IS FEEDING THIS GUY!
    Heck with diet gurus….SOMEBODY IS FEEDING THIS GUY!

    Sorry, but I really don’t have a ton of empathy. People don’t just wake up one morning and discover much to their horror that “Oh GEE, I can’t get up off of my ample a**”.
    They don’t go “BOOOOOMMMMMPFFFFF” overnight.
    I’m virtually certain at one point he could walk around unassisted.

    Plus SOMEBODY IS HELPING THIS GUY WITH HYGENE! I mean, I would HOPE so….but why isn’t anyone who is in his life, people who raised this fat 4 year old into an obese 23 year old now pleading for help being held accountable for anything?

    I struggled with being overweight when I was younger. So I know what it feels like. I was “chubby”, but I still played on the school grounds. We’d walk everywhere. My grandma was a great cook and would insist on feeding me everything she made. But I also would use those two stubby things called legs and get some circulation…playing outdoors….THAT kind of thing. I also wouldn’t eat the weight of a Volkswagon in food every day.

    I’m sure at some point in his life he must have thought: this sucks.
    So, while I feel for him about how bad it must feel and while I really don’t have a ton of empathy for his situation personally I’d charge the people he lives with with child abuse.

    1. Bob Oscar says:

      I agree with you completely…

      I join your advice…Mr Gibbs should quit eating….

      Among the things that are absolutely true:…the sun rises in the east…etc…. is

      if you quit eating, you lose weight….

      It may be painful and uncomfortable, but it will feel good at the end….

      1. Paul Gillford says:

        After the coup and cover up much of the daily news is orchestrated by unelected officials who took over Washington and the media. Even Disqus commenting systems were knocked out today to prevent the truth from spreading.

        We have no president, no democracy, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

      2. Eric says:

        Thanks, Paul. Any other announcements from the Lunatic Fringe?

      3. Jackie says:

        Paul, I felt something was wrong,. Now I know. Disqus wasn’t letting much thru, I couldn’t get any.
        they won’t let people comment to you so I went, I hope thru the one on the top of you. Wish you could have left more info. I didn’t know. tks and keep us informed, please….Jackie

      4. Ray says:

        What does your rant have to do with the story of the fat guy?

      5. Fookmeandfookyou says:

        Paul Gillford is brain dead as this guy is fat…

      6. gageymama says:

        A change in diet and portion sizes are definitely a must here, but quitting eating altogether? That statement in itself is pure ignorance. That is NOT the answer.

      7. ChelC says:

        Sometimes you CAN just let yourself go without realizing it until one day when you glimpse your reflection or see a picture of you…then the embarrassing fact makes you realize you need to change.

        True story, happened to me. I’ve lost more than 60 lbs in a year, and during my weight loss journey discovered a medical problem that has been ailing me for more than a decade. Got that fixed, and the weight is sliding off.

        PS I was eating ONLY green food: lettuce, spinach, green beans, green bell peppers because it was the only food my body would digest…I stayed at 275 lbs because I had no physical output. Once I had my medical issue taken care of, I had energy I never knew I was capable of having.

    2. George Johnson says:

      I agree. Somebody somewhere is helping this guy GET this big. And fast food isn’t that cheap, I doubt *I* could afford it several times a day.

      And it has always amazed me that, that some people seem to just suddenly (in their mind), just “get fat” over night. In their minds, as far as they knew, yesterday they were a size one or what ever, and today, they weigh 700 pounds!

      Sorry, doesn’t happen like that. If you can’t see yourself starting to get HUGE, and not doing anything about it, then please… don’t come begging to me for help later. I have a mild pudge, I’m over 50 after all, and I find it quite horifying!!

      1. Molly says:

        I think it’s more of an addiction than anything else. Everyone seems to understand alchoholism and drugs as an addiction, but a problem such as this needs to be seen in the same light as well. I also struggle with my weight. Although I am not as overweight as this man, I can empathize with him.

        Everything is a slow fade. I’m sure he didn’t dream about waking up 700 pounds when he was a little kid. This man needs to get to the bottom of it: Why is he doing what he is doing? Are there unresolved issues in his life?

        I don’t believe he is “begging” you for help. I doubt he is knocking on your door. He is reaching out which is the right thing to do.

        Try putting yourself in someone else’s shoes for once.

      2. rubbiee says:

        you need God in your life,If you don’t have some compassion 4 this young man.

      3. tony says:

        I feel bad for a young man with all the life ahead of him in that condition., who ever going to help this guy have to take him out of this house fast I had hear about him before he was fat but not as he is now his family is not helping him at all shame on you mom

    3. Jackie says:

      His weight is NOT normal. Typically you have people carrying more weight than they need…but this man has serious problems.

    4. CD says:

      You don’t need a ton of empathy, just 700 lbs of it.

    5. starwhite says:

      Do the letters F. U. mean anything to you?

    6. Jones says:

      You’re right.

      They always have an enabler.

    7. sam says:

      Like most narcissistic jerks, the ALL CAPS merely highlights your ineptness. The word is ‘hygiene’, stupid…

    8. J wang says:

      There are magnitudes of issues that this poor man is facing: Mental health, physical, and family issues at stake. I believe he realized that there has to be a better way to deal with this. He is an adult now so he will often have to face these issue on his own. Please don’t lay blame on what caused it, offer compassion and help because I still believe he is a good person inside. Everyone is a gem but some just need a little more polishing than others. I wish him well.

    9. Goldenfoxx says:

      If he’s diabetic, he should not quit eating, he’s not eating the right foods. He won’t live too much longer even if he does get the help and lose weight. He probably has no will power and along with the diabetes comes all kinds of other problems. I hate to write the guy off, but I see no change coming for him. He will complain when can’t have his sodas and hamburgers and has to eat salads, etc. If he thinks food is expensive, a funeral will be even more costly — to his family.

    10. UpChuck Liberals says:

      My thoughts exactly. It’s calories, pure and simple. Cut 4000/cal/week and you lose a pound/week. You don’t have to starve yourself to lose weight, just cut the calories, lose weight, then start walking without adding more calories and you lose more weight. It’s not rocket science it’s common sense. If you need to munch then eat carrots, celery, use a DRIP of low fat dressing for a touch of flavor. Heck sprinkle some garlic on them.

      1. nirdlobkin says:

        Gee, let’s see now…..a pound a week? Your right! He will be of normal weight in only 9 1/2 years!

      2. Mike Smith says:

        thats 9 1/2 years of improved living. Good things do not happen over night, and he isn’t asking for a short term fix. He is asking to be educated for long term health. I could ask for a million bucks to retire right now, but I am happy with putting back what I can for the next 20 years.

      3. Mike Myers says:

        If he weighs 700 pounds, he’s consuming 7000 calories a day, at a minimum. Putting this guy on 2000 calories a day, which is a LOT of food if healthy choices are made, will drop weight off him at the rate of a 1.5 pounds a day.

    11. Jonathan says:

      He is asking for help. SOMEBODY might help but from your post it won’t be YOU.

      1. Tricia says:

        He’s going to have to leave his house for ‘help’. Going to the mailbox to collect donations isn’t going to do it.

        Robert, there is plenty of help. Get out there and get it, Buddy. It won’t come to you. 🙂

      2. dora says:

        i agree, where is his family, friends if any, and how is he getting food to continue eating. Isn’t there anyone that is a relative or a church family that is caring enough to see what is in front of them. ?

    12. Cheryl says:

      That was the first thing I thought–if you can’t even get off the couch, who is bringing you that food? Also someone has to be giving him his insulin.

      At this point I don’t think he has to eat as much as you think to maintain his weight. He’s bed-bound so he’s barely burning any calories. Until this guy can get up and actually move around on his own, he can’t begin to take this weight off.

      It’s something to note that only in this day and age have we seen so many come up so morbidly obese at such a young age, that they can’t move from their couch or chair.

      1. dano says:

        an Idle man burns about 2000 calories a day doing nothing. So if he cuts his calories to 2000 he would probably just maintain his weight. Will have to do some walking to burn more calories (fat)

    13. duh says:

      Whoever is feeding this person needs to be charged with endangering the life of another. Put that person in jail, and this person will no longer have a problem. End of story.

    14. ralph says:

      No kidding!! Here is an idea stop eating 5 sandwiches and just eat maybe 2. Cut your caloric intake by half which at his size im sure is more than most of us eat in a week and the weight will start coming off i can assure you.

    15. MJB says:

      That’s VOLKSWAGEN. With an e, not an o. Jeez.

    16. VERONICABUG says:

      I FEEL HIS PAIN , I AM ALSO OVERWEIGHT , I GET UP AND MOVE AROUND, I REFUSE TO LET MY CHILDREN, FRIENDS OR FAMILY FEED ME JUNK IF I CAN NOT WALK OR GET OUT OF BED -He can start by moving his arms , legs in bed – get a chair and move legs up and down -He is suffering enough , if you are not trying to help him or give advice -DON’T SAY NOTHING

    17. marianne Comeau says:

      i feel so sorry for this guy…..he is pleading with his whole heart and soul and i hope someone will reach out and grab on to help him!!!!

    18. Gail says:

      I would like to let him know that he has helped himself by putting this out there and asking for help. This took courage. The people you reached out for will help. To the people who are negitive to this man, you should never be put into the position to need help. karma is real and what goes around comes around. Good luck to all.

    19. Crystal1523 says:

      Nice McDonald’s cup in the background, fatty.

    20. elgabachero says:

      Thank EBT cards, fast food, mini marts, and the Federal Govt.

    21. MC says:

      I absolutely loves your comment ADB.

      At this point, he does need help but also family living in the home need to be responsible since this is being going on since early childhood.

      I am pretty sure that once he lose the weight he will make sure not to gain it back. He is at the right age to make those life changes.

      Parents complaint about their obese or prone to large size kids but the kids are not the ones who make the money in the home or stack the refrigerator.

      Parent, you are responsible 100 % of this issue. Now, an older kid who make his own money and buy his own food and then he/she gets fat then that’s another story.

      The Media as always look for sensationalism so Livermore Guess what? You are sensational enough for the Media and TV shows!!!! You all can feed from each other needs. Media sensational story and Livermore getting the assistance he needs to address his issue.

      Welcome to America!

  2. akteacher says:

    I can sympathize with his problem. I have a friend who is 65. She smoked and ate but rarely exercised until she developed a heart condition and diabetes ten years ago. Also her condition caused her to loss her teeth. She weighted 330, Dec. 2010.
    Today she weighs 239 is able to walk better, but with a walker and hopes to get knee replacements next year. It has been a painful experience having to depend on nurses to get her to this point in her life.
    Bet if she met this young man she would be so sad but would encourage him since he can avoid health conditions she now suffers from.
    Anyone remember Jared who did those Subway commercials maybe he can be a booster for this guy.

    1. Eric says:

      Jared lost weight because Subway paid for personal trainers and dieticians. And he’s putting on the pounds again. Have you seen him lately? He’s a bit too chubby to be selling “weight loss.”

      Besides, Subway sells some of the fattiest, most unhealthy fast food on the market. Their BLT sandwich is #1 on the list for saturated fat. It’s the worst fast food item you can buy from any national chain, bar none. The only “healthy” way to eat there would be to get a small, skinless chicken sandwich on whole wheat with no cheese and no condiments. Nobody does that.

      1. SeenStuff says:

        Eric, you are absolutely right on about Subway. I know someone who used to work for them and the food comes from China which has much lower standards, if any, about harmful chemical additives to preserve their “food”. It is lower grade than pet food and the meat has slime on it and a foul odor and to make matters worse, the expiration dates are changed to save money. The public is unaware of this and the inspectors are paid off to look the other way. Personally, I wouldn’t feed it to my dog. They are getting as big as McD’s though so be expecting to see more obesity problems from fast food. Subway touts that their stuff is healthy but that is a total lie.

      2. Hols says:

        Heres some more info about subway and many other fast food chains. Did you know that the “enriched” vitamins that are added to the bread contain ingredients which were obtained from adding acid to human hair. None of the ingredients at subway or other fast food places should be considered food fit for eating. You may not know the difference but your body does.

      3. Mike Myers says:

        You are actually incorrect. The Jared story is he was a huge fat guy in college, and put himself on a very restrictive diet. He ate Subway twice a day—a veggie sub and baked chips at one meal, and a small turkey sub and baked chips at another.

        That would totally work. It’s caloric restriction, plain and simple. He weighed over 400 pounds, so consuming the 2000 or fewer calories in those two meals(and that’s all he ate) would burn weight right off.

      4. Me Here says:

        Oh, come on, SeenStuff! You said, “inspectors are paid off to look the other way.” That’s just stupid. Every municipality where there is a Subway has its own food inspectors. If you really think every Subway pays them off; and not one has reported the attempted bribe, you’re just stupid.

      5. asdf says:

        Subway is gross. The ones in Wisconsin always have flies around the food. In California none of the people speak English and it’s impossible to order a sandwich. All that damn white bread can’t be good for you either.

      6. Joe Nemchek says:

        “Jared lost weight because Subway paid for personal trainers and dieticians.” You’re an idiot. While a student at Indiana University, Fogle initially lost the weight on his own. He was noticed by Subway after an article about him in the student newspaper. The rest of your post is equally moronic. Yes, Subway sells unhealthy food – as does every other restaurant and grocery store. The point of Fogle’s diet is that you can make healthy choices and yes, he did eat plain turkey subs and veggie subs with no mayo or cheese, drank diet sodas and ate baked Lays chips. I guess that shoots your theory of “nobody does that”.

      7. earl dumarest says:

        Saturated fats are good for you. Stop spreading lies.

      8. ThomasJ says:

        Where do you get your information? The BLT from Subway isn’t even close to the worst thing on Subway’s own menu with a 6″ sandwich having 5 grams of saturated fat. Try BK hash browns with 13 grams.
        I wonder if people like you really believe the stuff you make up? What is the point of posting information that is based on your delusions?

  3. JaneQPublic says:

    I feel great empathy for this young man. True, someone apparently did fail to recognize the growing seriousness of his problem when he was a kid, but today he has recognized it quite honestly and is reaching to save his LIFE. He IS a prisoner in his body right now. I sincerely hope he gets the help he needs. to shed the weight and emerge into a fulfilling life free of the pounds. Underneath that ‘prison’ is a handsome young man. He has honesty, courage, a sincere voice and a kind face. . I wish him well.

    1. Avenger says:

      “growing seriousness”…..was that meant to be a pun?

    2. common man says:

      Your compassion for a plea of “help” is what we would all hope for and expect from Americans. It’s what makes us different. If you were my daughter I’d be proud of you.

    3. Aaron says:

      Finally, someone with compassion! Regardless of the facts or bad patterns of behavior leading to this point, at this point he is asking for help. His situation seems overwhelming to me. Yes, the statements of reduced caloric intake are true, but at such an advanced level of obesity and other medical conditions, what is wrong with asking for help? I’m so tired of self righteous people and their ease of condemning others. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything.

  4. Voice says:

    I wash Myself with a rag on a stick.

    1. John says:

      Anyone overweight can lose weight and it’s not as hard as it’s claimed to be. Keep eating what you do right now and keep track of it, the calories in it. Then every month, lower it some small amount of calories. Eventually you will be normal size.
      If you think that doesn’t work, you’re wrong, I’m living proof it works and the weight stays off, it hasn’t come back.

      If you starve yourself, that doesn’t work, your organs will fail and you might die in the hospital. If you get surgurey, you might also die in the hospital. So what I just told you above, is the best and easiest option, and it’s guaranteed to work. All it takes is you keeping track of the calories each day, and whittling them down over time, 5 or 10 years, and you’ll be normal size. If you want an instant solution, that’s 100% safe, there isn’t one. Surgurey’s can kill. Thnk about it.

      It’s best to never get in the situation in the first place, to limit the calories, but some parents tell their kids to eat up, to stuff themselves every meal, clean their plate after piling it on to the extreme, and they die early, overweight.

      Good luck figuring it out, everyone else will tell you what fails to work, yet costs you money and never gets you anywhere. I just told you the solution, for free.

      1. Hols says:

        Yeah, food diary with calories is excellent. I used this method and have lost 110lbs. I’m almost at my ideal weight after being overweight most of my adult life. Also motivation is key.

      2. John says:

        Hols, much the same here. I’m very close to the goal and feel great. I think realistically he could lose 250 lbs over 5 years, then arrive at a normal adult male weight about 5 years later. Where many fail to lose weight, is that they try to lose it all at once, and this puts a horrible stress on their organs, which makes them unable to continue and not want to try again. In one instance, a football player died recently trying to lose weight too fast and he died in the hospital. Going too fast also makes people hungry all day. If he takes his time, and drops the total daily calories a little each month, he’ll get there and probably won’t notice it along the way, except that it’s easier to get around, sleep, work, and enjoy life again as the years progress. Anyway, good luck to him.

      3. UpChuck Liberals says:

        There’s an app for that, it’s called “Lose it”. Can’t beat the price either, it’s FREE. Be honest with yourself an it works.

      4. Randa says:

        This coming from someone that obviously has never had an issue with weight!
        way to be supportive of others!
        You are right it’s best not to be in that situation. But some do find themselves there and need professional help. I just pray they get it. and then get educated on how not to let it happen again.
        It’s not as black and white as you make it out to be.

    2. b says:

      nice simpsons ref.

  5. bag o cheese says:

    If he can’t get off the couch who is buying the Big Macs?

    1. greg says:

      and who’s paying for them? the people of great britain?

      1. mindbender says:

        Why would anyone in GB pay?

      2. David Maxwell says:

        What does this have to do with the U.K.?

      3. CD says:

        Yes, because we all know that California and especially san francisco are so big and important that everything is right next to it. Live Livermore. So naturally after reading this at the end of the article: Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. We would naturally assume Great Britian.

      4. Dee says:

        Livermore is in California, Genius. Liverpool is in England.

      5. tony says:

        have some compassion for others bro why money have to be involve in here
        an sure someone will help him without thinking of how much money it will cost

      6. Eric says:

        Great Britain? Uhhhhh……

        Ever heard of Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratory? Livermore, CALIFORNIA. Home of the world’s oldest functioning light bulb. Look it up.

      7. Jackie says:

        greg, article stated he is disabled, a check per mo. would pay.

    2. Chsitopher Early says:

      Any place that sells anything will deliver if the order is large enough, provided of course they aren’t unionized or in some other situation where their employment status isn’t governed by sales/performance. Not that this is the likely scenario here, but I can imagine this guy being a noticeable % of a store’s profits.

      1. ella funt says:

        May he OWNS his own burger king store????

    3. claudia says:

      My heart goes out to this young man. I hope he can recover and have a normal life at a normal size.
      Meantime, who was enabling his continuing weight issues? He isn’t driving to MacDonalds on his own!

  6. Sarah says:

    The first step to admitting there is a problem is asking for help. We can all arm chair quarterback about his past and what went wrong but the key is he needs help today. My husband weighed 350 pounds 6 years ago before gastric bypass surgery (not being able to do things with the kids like riding a roller coaster really was a wake up call). It is NOT an easy fix and I learned more about genetics for obesity through his weight loss. He got down to 165 (which really made him look too skinny) but has maintained around 185 today. This year he started running and we plan on running a half marathon together in April. God bless this man. I pray he gets what he needs to succeed.

    1. ImLosingit says:

      You are absolutely right! It’s not easy and I applaud you and your husband for his journey!

  7. Arjay says:

    I count myself lucky every day that I realized early on that I couldn’t just keep eating to fight my depression. I’m still not in great shape after years of struggling with my weight but I’m not in this man’s position.

    Someone enabled him so that he’d get to this point. I sincerely hope this man will get the help he needs and that he’ll strive to be a person who does something with his life. I also hope he will come to have better family/friends than the person or persons who supported him in nearly eating himself to death.

    I wish you well sir. It’s a long road to recovery but you’ll find it is worth it.

  8. Coach potatoe says:

    It’s too late my friend, just eat another dozen double cheeseburgers, fries, a few chocolate shakes and then wash it down with a liter of diet coke.

    1. Nawlins says:

      Coach Potatoe? This guy must actually be Dan Qayle in drag.

  9. mmm says:

    “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
    – George Bernard Shaw


  10. Big Dave says:

    I’m pretty fat myself (375), and have been up to 450 and down to 220 in the last 20 years or so. I’ve found there are 2 and only 2 reasons I and 99% of fat people are overweight. They should both be obvious to anyone with at least half a brain. The first reason is gluttony. If I didn’t overeat I wouldn’t have a weight problem. The second reason is sloth. If I weren’t so lazy I would have a faster metabolism which would burn off the calories faster. This applies to EVERYBODY. 99% of people who claim to have some kind of “glandular” condition are lying to themselves. Anybody who comes to you with some “miracle diet” which promises the pounds will just melt away, is lying to you. The formula for weight loss is simple: eat less and exercise more. I feel sorry for this guy being bed bound but he’s done it to himself. He needs to fix the problem himself. I’ve done it and will do it again. I wish him well and will be praying for him.

    1. Avenger says:

      Thanks for the common sense post, Dave!

    2. starwhite says:

      I can agree that environment is a factor, yes, BUT to be stupid enough to not realize that genetics plays a BIG role literally in who ends up skinny and who ends up FAT is flat out wrong. People ignore the fact that some people are geared by nature to be obese. Like diabetes, eye color, alcoholism, height, etc…they ignore this because they love to pick on people less fortunate than themselves, pure meanness.

    3. Not so black and white says:

      My daughter was born with a medical condition that requires her to take steroids 3 times a day and a salt retaining pill once a day. Due to the fact that the steroids must be a tad over what our bodies would normally make, she will always be overweight. She is very active and eats fine. Sometimes it isn’t as black and white as you make it out to be. More than 1% of people have this condition so it isn’t just 99%. Unfortunately, people think poorly of all overweight people when you really don’t know what is behind it.

      1. Eric says:

        That’s not fat. It’s mostly water. My son was on prednisone too. When he stopped taking it he shrunk back down to size.

        We’re talking about FAT here.

        Everybody burns calories just to live. If you consume fewer calories than you burn, then you will lose fat. (And eventually muscle, too, if you starve yourself long enough.) No pills or glandular conditions or anything else changes that fundamental fact of life. If you aren’t burning calories it’s because you’re DEAD.

      2. Tricia says:

        Overweight is not the same thing as so obese a person can’t leave their home. Excuses , excuses.
        I’ve seen people on this board blame genetics, slow metabolism, etc.
        He didn’t wake up this way. The ownership is on Robert for doing nothing about it for so long AND to the people who are providing the high volumes of food he consumes.
        He needs someone to manage his finances so he can’t order in food. He needs someone with a spine to limit the food stores in his home to only what he needs to healthy intake..for 3 meals per day, which he will prepare for himself. He isn’t hungry. His body is storing enough food to carry him through a very long time. Chew ice, Robert. You’ll make it but YOU have to do the work!
        Turn off his cable TV for 6 months and cut his internet supply. Make him move. Make him think. Make him set goals and plan his future.

      3. Tricia says:

        As her parent surely you recognize that weight gain from steroids is not measured in fat rolls? If not, educate yourself for your daughter’s sake. She will need smart parents helping her through her situation.

        There’s a difference in weight gain from steroids and morbid obesity.

      4. dano says:

        obese is defined as 30 pound over your proper weight which is calculated by your height, gender etc.

    4. Eric says:

      Big Dave, you are SO right. People’s metabolic rates vary widely, but EVERYBODY burns calories merely by living. Even a totally sedentary adult with a cold thyroid is going to burn about a thousand calories a day just sitting there watching TV, at a minimum.

      If you consume fewer calories than you burn then you will lose weight. Period.

      “Glandular conditions” don’t change that fundamental fact.

      As for you: Get a lap band. It cures “gluttony.” One half of a hard-boiled egg and you’ll feel full and satisfied. Any more and you’ll be in pain and throw up. Problem solved.

      About 5 years ago I got tired of weighing 225 and did Atkins. In 6 months I lost 30 pounds. I was still lazy, and never exercised, but I dropped weight like crazy while eating cheese, bacon and eggs all the time. My blood pressure dropped. My blood sugar stabilized. Even my CHOLESTEROL numbers improves, since I was burning fat and cholesterol for fuel.

      Then I ate a doughnut. POOF! Right back up to where I started, even faster than the weight came off. The diet was ultimately unsustainable. I couldn’t keep living like that.

      Now I’m 225 again. High blood pressure. Unstable blood sugar. Developing gout. High cholesterol. I take a fistful of pills every day. I know how this story is going to end. And I know why: Because I eat junk food and I’m lazy. Period. My ‘glands” are just fine.

    5. Hols says:

      I’m telling you I was a fat ass. Nothing got me motivated like watching my mom who was overweight her whole life die of cancer. It made me want to do everything in my power to do right. Motivation is Key. Then put down the quarter pounders and pizza and get off the couch. I know been there done that.

    6. asdf says:

      I’m overweight and I do not overeat. The ONLY way I lose weight is to cut out all breads, pasta, white rice, etc. I can only eat meat, cheese, eggs, and non-starchy veggies and some fruits. Not every one is overweight because of a large calorie consumption.

      1. Tricia says:

        Overweight is not the same thing as 700 lbs and unable to do anything but sit around. Robert stopped living. Nobody can make him live. It’s up to him and the people who care about him. They can do it if they all look in the mirror and take ownership for what they’ve done.

    7. getoveryourself says:

      Due to my mothers many many health issues. that have been reoccuring since the 1970’s she has been on and off Steroids for 40 plus years. She has been overweight many of those years. Having said that.. let me explain something. When One has Crohns disease there is no medical reason or explination to be overweight. for Obvious reasons. ITS THE STEROIDS. Are you telling me it’s her own fault?? that is she werent a glutton or lazy she wouldn’t be over weight!! Hmmmmm I believe you would be mistaken! we are just grateful she is ALIVE and as active as she can be! She has a hard time digesting and keeping nutrition from food and is allergic to just about everything so she eats to stay alive but according to you she is lazy and a glutton!! here is a thought if you are going to talk that mess, just shove another cheeseburger in your pie hole because you are completely clueless!!

  11. NoBama2012 says:

    Close your mouth Mr. Disability.
    When you lose 500 lbs, go get a fricking job.
    Turn off the T.V!
    Start moving!

    1. greg says:

      and pay back the welfare you’ve received

  12. Jordan A says:

    stop judging this man and help him!

    1. Flax Seed says:

      No one judging him facilitated his condition

    2. Avenger says:

      Okay, here is some help: STOP EATING SO MUCH FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. Eric says:

      The best way to help him would be to change his locks so whoever is feeding him all that fast food can’t get in. Somebody is doing this to him. McDonalds doesn’t deliver.

      Though Burger King is talking about starting a delivery service. Can you imagine? It’s the End of Days. We’ve become so sedentary that we can’t get off the couch to drive thru at BK any more. This guy is the shape of things to come.

      Only in America do poor people get fatter instead of skinnier.

    4. Tricia says:

      Jordan, how do you propose we stop the man from consuming copious amounts of food? We can send him money but he’s not going to change until he takes all the first, second, and third steps. We can’t help him. Be realistic.

      A beggar can collect all sorts of money but until he gets the ambition to better himself, there’s nothing any donor can do for him.

  13. charley nash says:

    If you have NO ambition to just do anything with your life but sit on a couch this is how it will turn out. Didn’t this guy have anything he wanted to accomplish in his life except extrude feces out his backside?

  14. venus says:

    wow all the negitive comments i hope he gets help and he will with dr phil on the way

  15. ronwagn says:

    Whoever brings food to these people needs to find out what diet the doctor recommends, and bring them only that. Then they need to fend off all the other people they will try to get to enable them. Make sure he has plenty of water and a vitamin pill daily. I feel more sorry for whoever has to take care of them, unless they are well paid.

    1. Edie Faylor says:

      I don’t feel sorry for him at all. The tax payers are already taking care of him, and it is probably a public nurse who comes in to clean him etc. So ‘nice’ we are paying for all his Big Macs and pizzas. What he needs is 3 small meals a day, a couple of jugs of water and vitamins. That is it – oh but wait, once he looses the weight, the state will pay for his body surgery to get rid of all the loose skin – those types of surgeries are upward of $100,000.00 – after working all my life, I certainly couldn’t afford it.

      1. ronwagn says:

        Just found this. I agree.
        All the best,
        Ron Wagner RN

  16. ominiscient says:

    watching tv, eating, not working….hmmmm…obviously a democrat

    1. NoBama2012 says:

      …and stealing internet access from someone else. Of course he is a Democrat!

    2. Eric says:

      He doesn’t vote. They don’t carry the booth to your couch.

  17. N.D. Pendant says:

    One of Sandra Fluke’s boyfriends?

    1. NoBama2012 says:

      That was funny!!!

    2. roger says:

      Maybe Odongo can call him up too, tell him hes been victimized.

  18. lukenev says:

    He will be on TV and get thousands of dollars of help from well meaning folks, He is a lazy person that wants something for nothing. Everything in life requires work. The old saying” the harder I work the lucker I get”…The man says teach a man to not eat and he will get thin.

    1. Hopeful says:

      You’re right, and the sad part is, in a few years, he’ll end up back where he is, only because he “got help” for the wrong reasons. I pray that doesn’t happen to him, but I’m afraid it’s an all too familiar story nowadays; everyone seems to think they’re entitled to the perfect life, but don’t realize the work behind the scene.

  19. sweetie says:

    Ok, y’all, the majic number is 300. Period. NObody should weigh over that number NOBODY. If this is you, get your lazy azz to SOMEONE – now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. what if you’re 9 feet tall?

      1. Avenger says:

        Good one!!

    2. Max says:

      i’m 6’4″ and 305. Used to be 360 but stopped drinking beer and lost some weight. All it takes is less eating and more moving and you can maintain. I’m sure someone will pay for him to have a gastric bypass and then some lipo. maybe then he’ll get off his ass and get active. Jobs are great for that. He should try one!!!

  20. Gerald says:

    I have never walked a mile in his shoes. I hope that we can all watch the video of how someone helped him get control of his life. Clearly, food has been his only friend.

    1. Avenger says:

      You call the substance that made him fat a friend?????

    2. LOR says:


      1. CD says:

        Hahaha… Before anyone can walk a mile in his shoes, He’d have to do it first.

  21. jakfak says:

    I have no sympathy for this man, who gorges himself on fast food (two pizzas and 2 liters of coke, for example, as reported in the video). You make your bed, you sleep in it. Of course the liberal San Francisco press sees it differently.

    1. Jones says:

      He is mentally ill (depression, anxiety) – the obesity is just a symptom. He deserves sympathy.

      1. Tricia says:

        Stop trying to disable the man, Jones.

        When he stops consuming more than he burns, he’ll do well.

        He doesn’t need a diagnosis. He’s given himself every excuse for years.

        He needs a plan or he’s going to die a very lonely man.

  22. Keir says:

    I assume the help he’s looking for is someone to pay for his surgery. He’s clearly too useless to do anything for himself.

    1. Tricia says:

      They won’t do surgery on him until he gets his weight down anyway….nor should they. This took him years to do to himself, it’s going to take a long time to undo.

  23. Christin says:

    I went to elementary school with this guy, and he was struggling with his weight then. I think he also had emotional problems as well. I remember him getting suspended because he threw a stapler at someone in my class. I hope he can get his life turned around.

    I also feel that people who say they have no sympathy for this guy are very rude. I sincerely doubt you people understand what it is like to struggle with food addiction. It is a psychological disorder, and once you get heavy, it often seems like you have no way of ever losing that weight. Once you get really heavy (which he has been since at least the 5th grade, when he was in my class), it is incredibly difficult to exercise. By then, I know it was already tough to exercise.

    I still struggle with my weight. I never weighed as much as him, or even close, but since last year I went from weighing 196 pounds to weighing 144, and that is counting muscle. I went from a size 18 to a size 8. But you know what? I still struggle with portion control and have to work really hard at it.

    As for his childhood, yes, someone obviously was feeding him, but as a kid, I doubt he understood exactly what eating that much was doing to him.

    Don’t judge, people. It’s not your job. If he wants to raise the money so that he can get his life turned around, I don’t see anything wrong with that. I wish him the best of luck, and I think those who are criticizing him have no right to do so unless they have personally struggled with food addiction. You really don’t understand what it does to you psychologically and how incredibly tough it is to fight it.

    1. HW says:

      Funny how you say don’t judge people and your post is all about judging those who disagree with you. Hypocrisy much?

      1. Christin says:

        You’re right, and I apologize. That was hypocritical of me. If I could edit my post now and change what I said, I would, because you make an extremely valid point. What I should have said is that we should reach out to those who are struggling and give them a helping hand. I did not intend to be judgmental, but I was.

      2. Dee says:

        The simple truth is that it becomes easy to judge those when becoming an anonymous internet critic. I’m willing to bet that if this were someone that we knew, it would be a much, much different story. It’s harder to be cruel when we know the person we are judging. Well said, Christin.

      3. Cathy Worth says:

        Christin comments are expressed well. Have you read some of the comments
        that are crude and surely not something that would be said directly to Robert.

        Robert needs those who support and not those who are so willing to kick someone who is down. Word choice says much about one and the diction of some on this string of comments are shocking.

    2. CD says:

      Why do people say “Don’t Judge!” I don’t get it. If you are trying to quote the Bible, then it’s Judge righteous Judgement. We judge people all the time. If I see a group of teenagers with baggy pants, my first thought and probably the correct one is delinquents. It’s how you stay safe, you judge someone or a group based on appearance and avoid them or associate them. This is why first impressions are so important, we want people to judge us a certain way.

      Literally, “don’t Judge” means you saying, “Hello child molester, I’m going to assume you have been reformed and would like you to watch my children while I go out for a few hours.” See how silly that is?

      1. Dee says:

        There is a large difference between judging those who actively hurt others and those who are caught in addictions. And no.. I was making no references to the Bible. Just being human. Your reasoning, CD, is erroneous. And as a former high school teacher, I can personally tell you that baggy pants does not equal ‘juvenile delinquent’. It just equals really bad fashion.

      2. Tricia says:

        Her ‘don’t judge’ was judgmental. 🙂

        Doesn’t matter. Robert threw a stapler as a child?

        The guy has apparently spent his lifetime consumed with self absorption.

        So, even if he could get down to a weight healthy enough for surgery the truth is this–weight doesn’t fall off, even after surgery, without having the will to make it happen. Robert won’t pass psychological testing for weight loss surgery at this point. Victims don’t make good candidates for weight loss surgery. So, he’d better dig deep and suck it up if he wants a good life from here on. Because, it’s going to take work and all the donations in the world won’t make it easy.

    3. Cathy Worth says:


      I think no need for an apology. Please stand behind your words.

      You have a well written response that would be encouraging for Robert.

      I do not agree that HW captured the true “inking of your thinking” and may have captured only a small segment — if any.

      The best to you,
      Dr. Worth . . .

  24. Avenger says:

    If you REALLY want to lose weight, then the next time you want to eat something, just say NO or at the very least limit the amount you eat. You eat to satify your craving. The ball REALLY IS in YOUR court!

    1. common man says:

      see that’s were the “help” part comes in. Some people need “Help” achiving that goal. Some people need help modifing their behavior. I belive eating disorders are one of those things. Telling an anorexic person “just eat damn it ” may not work. Telling a crack head “hey put that pipe down” my not be enough ya ya ya .

      1. Tricia says:

        Helping an anorexic doesn’t work unless they are serious about getting better. Same for the crack head. Same for anyone. You can give a person 40 of the best teachers and counselors but unless they change what they’ve been doing, it’s all for naught.

        Ultimately, It’s up to Robert. He needs to get on the phone Monday morning and set up a two hour long doctor appointment and be prepared to have things said that he doesn’t want to hear. Take home a copy of a healthy eating plan. After that, he needs to go home and empty his home from all foods and give his care-givers a shopping list, instructing them not to veer from it.

  25. roger says:

    STOP consuming sugar, fats and carbs!! Break a sweat once in a while. This guys in control of what goes into his mouth!

    What the hell is that music playing in the background?

  26. Flipper says:

    This guy is nothing more than a feces factory (and an EXPENSIVE one too) operating on the tax payers dime!

    There is no doubt he is also a good Democrat!

    1. A Neighbor says:

      Now that wasn’t very nice. That comment didn’t help anyone. Why would you go out of your way to be so mean?

  27. HansJurgen says:

    He should sue the fast food industry that made him so fat! Fast food is the worst food you could eat. And the advertising agency creative liberal freaks who are the ones that make these commercials to “lure” folks like this guy to feed their face with this fast food fat – they need to be held accountable as well; sue them! These creative liberals hate “evil” corporations, but yet they promote these “evil” corporations. Typical liberal hypocrites!

  28. Will says:

    I guess I’m not compassionate. I do not believe that he did what needed to be done as he said , or “tried everything possible.” Oh really? Did you switch to a plant based diet? Did you get out and walk around every now and then. No, I highly doubt it. How about next time instead of getting on YouTube, you do a little reading and learn about nutrition. What a savior complex, he just wants someone to come in and do the work. I hope Powell can help him, but unless he takes ownership of where he is, he’ll be right back there in 10 years or less.

    1. starwhite says:

      This poor man is a victim of his genetics, not what he eats. HOW would you like to eat plants the rest of your life? Saying its all because obese people are weak willed gluttons is shameful and just plain inaccurate. SO by your flawed logic all people who have diabetes, alcoholics, Lou Gherigs disease brought it on themselves? Very cold hearted. I bet as a kid you always picked on the fat kid, right???

      1. Will says:

        I was the fat kid. I sucked it up and learned about exercise and nutrition. Problem solved. I eat all sorts of things in addition to plants, but I do it in moderation. Two pizzas and a 2 liter of soda would be two days of food for most people, but this cat, it’s one feeding time. Flawed logic… Dude, how are comparing those three things to being over weight? Alcoholism, maybe, it’s an addiction like food. Still their are stark differences. For diabetes it depends on the type. For ALS, it’s a deterioration of the motor neurons. NOT a deterioration of will power. By the way, nice to make it personal and accuse me of being a bully. What is your condition that you get picked on about? You 40-60 lbs over weight and blaming it on mommy and daddy?

      2. starwhite says:

        Hello Will??? Diabetes, alcoholism, Lou Gerig’s disease are ALL genetically inherited illnesses…just like obesity. Its easy to point and laugh and accuse all obese people of being weak willed gluttons…this is not true…just like other traits, even, eye color, height, skin color these are all inherited from your parents. I think people like to call it food addiction or other mean spirited things just so they can feel superior. Obesity is not caused by what people put in their mouths.

      3. Ben W says:

        Alcoholism, overeating, gambling – none of the addictions equal “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” (ALS).

        All addictions are a choice.

        A bad choice that many people struggle with, and we can have sympathy for and help those people. But pretending addiction isn’t a choice doesn’t help addicts.

        Also, you exaggerate the role of genetics for overweight people.

      4. Hols says:

        Yes with diabetes I do believe lifestyle plays a key role in diabetes.

      5. Tricia says:

        Lou Gehrigs is not remotely close to morbid obesity. Starwhite, he admitted to doing NOTHING but sitting or laying. He admitted to eating ridiculous amounts of food throughout the day. DO NOT blame his genetics for those behaviors.

        Nothing to do with being cold hearted. If you consume more than you burn, you’re going to gain weight. If you continue those habits after you’ve begun to gain weight, you’re going to gain more. At some point, the behaviors have to change IF you don’t want to gain more weight.

        Don’t compare Lou Gehrigs to that. Not only is that cold hearted and insensitive, it makes you look completely unlearned.

  29. Voice says:

    How does this Guy take a $hit?

    1. Will says:

      That is a good point. That apartment looked small, so you know it doesn’t have a petting zoo stall.

  30. BossMan Daty says:

    He’s got a long roe to hoe.

  31. Wilder Napalm says:

    All addictions kill, some fast than others. Food, drugs, alcohol it really doesn’t matter. Some people find that one thing that makes them fell good and it becomes a matter of “if a little is good, a lot is better”. I wish Robert success but he must remember he can never be cured. His addiction is for life and all he can do is control it one day at a time.

  32. Dave says:

    I feel a mixture of pity and anger… anger for the parents or guardians who enabled this grotesque obesity and pity for this guys plight…

    its an addiction for sure, but nothing some “tough” love couldn’t break.

    1. starwhite says:

      Dave science was never your strong point was it? You are ignorant of the fact that science has proven 100% that obesity is a genetic problem, not what this poor man puts in his mouth…like hair color, height, many diseases are also genetically inherited from your parents…get it? So to say obese people are disgusting gluttons is intrinsically wrong. This man is an unfortunate victim of his genetic make up.

      1. Tricia says:

        Starwhite…..when someone says they eat fatty foods and watch tv all day long, please explain how his “genetics’ are to blame for the results? PLEASE explain why you’re bashing Dave about his skills when you overlook the part that what he puts in his mouth, by his own admission, HAS contributed largely to his condition?

  33. Okra Windbag says:

    I guess Mr. Gibbs started overeating after Obama fired him. Bush’s fault 🙂

  34. stinky stew says:

    Every large hospital in America now has a animal doctor on call. This is so this type of people can be weighed on a scale intended for large farm animals. This also is why there are open MRI machnes now. They could not fit into the old machines. YES, the doctors and nurses earn there money– every penny of pay.

  35. FreudianSlip says:

    Nutrient deficient people are starving to death while their bodies crave eating massive amounts of foods to try and get the nutrients.

    Unfortunately physicians seldom order a comprehensive nutritional analysis of their patient. Medicare and Medical will not pay for a comprehensive nutritional lab analysis. This insurance allows for only 1 nutrient item (as in vitamin D) test per year.

    Start with maximized nutrition, large amounts of proteins (powdered shakes are good) and fresh foods. He’s being poisoned with fast food and nutritionally depleted foods. We all are.

    Over 80% of people tested are nutritionally depleted in multiple vitamins and minerals and your insurance won’t pay to test for this. This is the basis of good health…your body getting complete nutrient saturation daily.

  36. Consultofactus says:

    The question that rarely gets anwered is how these other immobile people somehow manage to get the enormous quantity of food required to maintain their weight….what kind of person enables this life style? It’s like supplying liquor to an alcoholic – reprehensible!

  37. Carl99999 says:

    Shut the pie hole, buddy

  38. New York Nick says:

    And WHY does he have Diabetes? He’s painted as a victim, and yea, I feel a little sorry for him, but you know what? I’m crippled from MS for 12 years now, can’t barely walk at 47 now, yet I don’t weigh freaking 500 lbs, I weigh exactly what I should at 6 foot, and that’s 175.

    You know how hard it is to stay that weight when you can’t exercise hard enough to lose weight? It’s hard, you can’t overeat, that’s for damnnn sure

    It’s called freaking self control. This guy and people like him should learn some of that first. But they turn to everyone else to ‘save them’ like this guy, and the dumb news and some dumb sorry azzzed donors send him money, and next year he’ll weigh 800 lbs, after touring the world in the back of a semi on some NBC reality show, and blah blah blah.

    STOP FREAKING EATING SO MUCH big boy. Problem Solved.

    1. starwhite says:

      The man is a victim of his genetic make up. He is not a glutton. All fat people are not gluttons.

      1. bob says:

        Thank you Dr. Moron for your excellent analysis.

      2. starwhite says:

        Bring it on Bob

      3. Tricia says:

        Stop it, star. HE told you how he lives each day. Just stop trying to portray him as a guy who got a bad genetic rap.

  39. Carlos Sanchez says:

    Wow, this guy has a problem. I’ve read the comments and like any addiction it really, in my opinion, starts with the head. Sure, they guy was born and had a disposition to being heavy, but no one has made him consume the 4,000 calories a day or what ever it takes to get to 700 1bs. The way you break a cycle is mentally changing your disposition to it. Make a choice to move. If its painful to stand for more than a minute, well heck, that’s exercise. For me its painful to do 20 push ups, but tomorrow I plan on doing 21 and then 22. You get there inch by inch, all it takes is to START. This young man needs to make the decision to START. Get up, stand for a minute once an hour for 10 hours. And tomorrow… try 2 minutes, then three, etc. Soon, not immediately, change will occur, but put the cheeseburger and fries down and eat an apple. Its all a mind game and a tipping point… just shove off and get out of neutral.

    1. starwhite says:

      Obese people are not gluttons addicted to food. They are a victim of their genetic make up. If their parents are obese likely they will be too. Science has proven that genetics determine this.

      1. Tricia says:

        He’s not obese, he’s beyond that. Snap out of it.

  40. stinky stew says:

    He said that he eats fast food to save money. Fast food is VERY spendy. I cannot afford it. I have not ever drank a bottle of soda either. cannot afford it. I can be found in the produce department when I buy food. By not buying posion I can afford to buy cod on sale- turkey for the crock pot, I also drink about one pint of Odwalla orignal superfood daily.OH- I used to enjoy ground range fed Bison every not and then- BUT– it hit $9.00 per pound. I still retain the taste in memory though. just saying——

  41. david says:

    Let me guess….he’s on the gubbament dole…food stamps, health care, to woiks.

  42. Ricardoh says:

    Who is feeding him?

  43. Enchanted says:

    There is someone ‘helping’ him, they are the enabler. Second he does make choices since he is the one putting the food in his mouth. He now weighs 700 pounds, at what time did he realize he was overweight? I cant feel sorry for him because he is not accepting responsibility for his own actions and now wants people to help him out.

    1. starwhite says:

      No one enables this man.. He is a victim of his genetics. STOP putting others down. Does it make you feel good to believe that all Obese people are gluttons? They are not. Genetics plays a BIG role literally.

  44. starwhite says:

    Food addiction? I disagree. Its all genetics. You can’t fight genetics. Study’s show over and over 99.9% of people who fight to lose weight always gain it back, NO exception. Just like height, eye color, hair color some people are designed by nature VIA a fat gene to be heavy. People love to ignore this fact and pick on others less fortunate.

    1. Will says:

      A little advice for you starwhite:

      It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it. ~Maurice Switzer

      1. starwhite says:

        Will you are ignorant.

      2. Lil' Filly says:

        *standing ovation* Thank you Will

    2. stacie says:

      Being a glutton is a genetic disorder?

      1. Will says:

        Same thing I was thinking. Except in this case, homeboy has shoved low nutrient density food in his mouth for so long that there is surely hormonal damage, and possible chromosome damage. I just wander what makes people be apologetic for someone like that.

    3. Tricia says:

      Nobody balloons to 700 lbs because their ancestors had weight problems. Robert shut down, mentally, a long time ago. Stopped being productive, stopped planning his life, stopped reaching goals. His family apparently decided it was easier to feed him than to listen to him.
      Starting Monday, clean his kitchen. Make him prepare his own meals with fruits, vegetables, and protein. Throw away the snacks and soda. And you’ll have a new and improved Robert by next Valentine’s Day.

  45. rufrignkidnme says:

    Please!!! Send more cheesy poofs!!!!!

  46. stacie says:

    WHO is feeding this whale FastFood if he can not get out of his own way??? Prolly Mommy!!!! Does this woman have a Brain???????

  47. starwhite says:

    Adult obesity is a major risk factor for several conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, abnormal blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and some forms of cancer. The associated co-morbidities of childhood obesity are no less serious than in the adult form and include related conditions of the aforementioned adult complications as well as early puberty, orthopedic problems, and various psychological symptoms. Furthermore, individuals who are obese as children are more likely to be obese as adults, especially if one or both parents are also obese. Hello! Genetics!!!

    Obesity is known to run in families, but despite considerable efforts, mainly rare genetic variants have been identified that increase the risk of becoming obese.

    1. Tricia says:

      Would someone please explain to starwhite that being overweight is not the same thing as we’re discussing here? LOL

      The woman keeps ranting but she’s completely off target. Even Robert tells a different story about himself than she’s trying to paint of him.

  48. Jason XIV says:

    High five to Robert Gibbs! Congratulations, all that hard work fattening up is finally paying off. A viral video, attention from the old media and a tv deal on its way! Money for nothing.

    You eat fast food to save money? Seriously, you do need to rewrite that part of your script – no one will believe that and other lawsuits against fast food franchises for making someone fat haven’t been successful.

  49. Old Fart says:

    One problem obese people have when they stop eating is, below a certain calorie intake, one’s metabolism shuts down significantly. With the metabolism low, it is very difficult to burn calories. Without some method of forcing the metabolism up (eg exercise) it can be a ‘catch 22’ situation: you must eat enough to keep your metabolism up but not so much that you don’t lose weight. There needs to be considerable discipline and for someone with a food addiction it is nearly impossible without outside help.

    1. starwhite says:

      @ Old fart there goes that accusation again, the ugly word ‘food addiction’..if you say it enough, you might even believe that lie. Some people are genetically born to be thin, some obese. People just love to portray all fat folk as weak willed gluttons so they can feel superior, this is a sad fact of life. Science has proven beyond any doubt (and common sense) that obesity is a genetic trait inherited from your parents, just like eye color, height, male pattern baldness etc…understand old dog? By your logic all alcoholics, diabetics, victims of Lou Gerig’s are weak willed and no good, right??? How ignorant.

      1. Hols says:

        starwhite why are you so defensive?
        Yes addictions are very powerful but that doesnt mean we have no way of fighting them. My mom was fat. I was fat. She fed me fast food at least 2 times per week and we had pizza every friday night when I was growing up. I’d say that’s more lifestyle than genetics. Also type 2 diabetes can be stopped and reversed with diet and exercise (unless too far gone). My bro and sis were always thin and I was always fat. Once I got it in my mind to lose weight, however, I was able to do it. Why? I saw my mom die of cancer and didnt want that life for me. I was weak willed until I got the ultimate motivation. Now I am at my ideal weight and have kept it off for a year. Yes genetics my play a role but lifestyle plays a bigger role. I have lived this so ignorance can’t be your excuse for me. Believe me I’m well informed of this struggle. Its been alifetime one.

      2. Old Fart says:

        When I was in high school I was 130lbs and my weight dropped to 130 when I was 28. When I was 55 I weighed 230lbs. Weight related issues made me desire to take on weight loss as a hobby. I approched weight loss with science and made it a hobby. That is when I discovered the metabolism thing. I found that if I did not exercise the difference between the amount of calories it took to keep my metabolism going and the amount of calories it took to loose weight was too close to one another to allow me to do both. Exercise was absolutely necessary as it kept my metabolism up high enough. I lost about 70lbs in 6 months but it was very grueling with aerobics twice a day and weight lifting as well. The problem is that if you get too old/heavy to exercise I assert it is impossible to loose weight and least without outside help.

    2. Tricia says:

      Right. Robert has to help himself. Nobody can make his body move but Robert. Nobody can speed his metabolism up to the rate his is going to need to be sped in order to become a healthy weight. The donations he raises won’t do it. He’s got to set goals and make them happen.

  50. John Tokalenko says:

    PEOPLE! Lay off the guy. He’s recognized he’s got a big problem, no pun intended. Yeah, he obviously ate his way to where he’s at, but, unlike so many Americans, he’s accepted that he has a problem and has asked for help.

    God bless him in reaching his goal.

    1. Ben W says:

      Very true.

      He is making bad choices (and a safe bet his parents made bad choices for him when he was a child), but he is asking for help to make better choices. People should wish him well.

  51. joseph says:

    I feel sorry for you however, as an engineer I can tell you that you can begin to immediately reverse this by simply stop putting so much food into your mouth and exercising under the guidance of a doctor. Problem solved. This is because the human body is an “engine” of sorts and it burns energy obtained from food. “Starve” the engine a bit (by eating a bit less) while forcing the engine (body) to work a little bit harder, increases metabolism which in-turn causes the body to expend more energy. It does this by getting those extra calories it needs by burning fat/muscle, at which point you begin to lose weight. And the process begins IMMEDIATELY. Your preference should be to burn fat and, with light exercise, under the guidance of a doctor as to what exercise is best for you, weight loss begins immediately as the process is thermodynamically driven and the body has little choice but to seek additional calories through burning your own fat or muscle.

    Bottom line: by eating a little less and doing light exercise to increase metabolism, the body MUST lose weight. It’s a fact of science. Period. End of story. Good luck.

    1. starwhite says:

      So all people are born to be thin like Ken and barbie the doll , right Joseph? OOO I’m impressed you are an engineer, that means you know everything, right? What a pompous A@@ you really are. Go use GOOGLE and you will learn that genetics are a reason some people are obese and some are thin, or even in between! Body shape and size are inherited from your parents.

      1. Hols says:

        I’m beginning to wonder if starwhite is this guys parent.
        Sounds like an enabler to me.
        So you’re saying this guy can’t lose weight now because he’s genetically unable?

      2. Tricia says:

        Star, give that a rest. A person’s facial features are inherited too but there are lots of things that people can do to give themselves more beauty if they want it.
        Robert didn’t wake up one morning and find himself unable to see his toes. We can’t fix him. People can help him, but it’s on Robert and his family to make the changes.

        Body shape and type are one thing. Rolls upon rolls upon rolls are not inherited. They are the consequences of a diet void of healthy foods in healthy quantities.

        Robert admits that. Stop arguing about it.

      3. phillip says:

        Starwhite…..joseph is correct. I don’t know you attacked the messenger because he’s an engineer (is it because they’re at or near the top of the intellectual food chain and that intimidates you???) and ignored his message in which he is correct: the body burns calories to fuel itself. If you make it work harder (through exercise) and drive it to use more “fuel” (food) than it takes in by eating, then the body will have to get those excess calories it requires from somewhere. That “somewhere” is body fat and/or muscle but you will begin to lose weight immediately (the body burns fat/muscle and turns it into useful energy it can use, which then results in weight loss), It’s not rocket science and even though you hide behind “genetics” as to why people can’t lose weight, even genetics “yields” to thermodynamics. If a gravitationallly challenged person claims he/she is genetically incapable of losing weight, they’re lying to you!

  52. Susie Queue says:

    Oh NO! REGULATION TIME! This guy was planned. He is a PREsetup POSTER BOY for laying out the regulation of your food. Wait, watch, and be prepared for government pellets to be poured into your tin dish twice a day with the two bottle water ration. “Just look at this kid. Unable to make a decision on what to eat and when. We’ll feed you, cuz you don’t know any better.”

    1. Will says:

      You know, that is a really good point. And it is definitely much more pressing than one fat ass that has no sense of self. It will cause the rest of us to be penalized.

  53. TJP says:

    He obviously can’t get his own food. All he needs to lose weight – even if all he does is breathe – is reduce his calorie intake to under 2,000 per day or so. I fail to see the problem. Just find who’s feeding him and remove them from the situation.

  54. MrSid says:

    Good for him, I’m glad he’s getting help. It took courage to ask publicly like that.

  55. Charlie says:

    I hope you lose all the weight you want. I suffer the same problem. I am fat, I am one of the lazy one’s. It can be genetics, it can also be that I am just fat and I like to eat too much. I did not have a weight problem growing up. My weight problem started when I started watching too much tv and eating while I was doing that. I am losing weight and so can you. You might never look like a Ken doll but who cares.

    I wish you well, it is going to be a tough road but you can do it man.

    Good luck

    1. Nathan says:

      I eat like a person that weighs 400 lbs but am fit. The problem is not eating too much, its exercising too little. Start out graduatlly and most importantly, do not weigh yourself, ever! Thats just a number. Go on how you feel. Science tells us that 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day is the minimum amount to boost your mental state. Start out with the goal of being able to walk 20 minute daily and work it up to an hour, then start doing a mix of jogging and walking. Cut out sugary drinks and sweets and the pounds will melt off.

      1. Hols says:

        True dat Nathan! I was 300 lbs. At first I just started with removing the harmful foods and eating healther. After about 25lbs lost I had more energy and started exercising little by little. At first all I could do is 15 min on the stationary bike. Now I have a 1.5 hr routine to include cardio and strength training. You dont have to do it all at once just get the ball rolling and eventually it keeps on rolling without as much discomfort.

  56. MadCharles says:

    He looks like Chumlee.
    Someone will help, good luck bro… Call Jared

  57. Nathan says:

    Quit with the insults everyone. How responsible is the current version of you for your past self’s actiosn? He wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

    I’m saying this as someone that runs 20-35 miles a week. I know what causes this and please everyone, treat him as a human being first.

    1. Eric says:

      He knows how. He said so. He also said he lacks the will. People are just agreeing with him.

  58. Mr. Tim Smyth says:

    Pay a dentist to wire your teeth together. Call a medical weight loss program that specializes in liquid meals.

  59. jerrykregle says:

    Hey you fat tub of $**T, stop double fisting the pepsis and bearclaws

    1. Tricia says:

      Jerry, the name calling isn’t necessary.

  60. TPL says:

    If this is genetics, then his parents should be in the hall of fame. what are they, wooly mammoths?

  61. Ben says:

    I have never had a weight problem, but I did suffer a spinal cord injury from an airplane accident, following which I was told I would probably never walk again. In trying to use my legs again I kept telling myself that the excurciating pain was the feeling of healing. Mr Gibbs might try telling himself that those compelling feelings of hunger, are the feelings of fat being burned. Although this simple tactic might sound stupid, ultimately it is along drawn out head game.

  62. Chris says:

    Please do not take all of this attention for granted, Robert. Good luck to you. I hope you become a healthy person. It will not be easy, but you’ve summoned as much help as you possibly could. Please look past all of those who would look down at you from their ivory towers and do what you need to do to be able to live your life to the fullest.

    I hope that you are successful in your endeavor and that others will be able to look at you for inspiration if/when they find themselves in a similar situation.

    1. Cathy Worth says:

      Chris, I like your encouraging advice. I am not sure why some have such cruel

      thoughts. I hope reading your reply will be encouragement for Robert.

      I would want someone like you on my side!

  63. circustrainer says:

    I bet Mcdonalds, pizza hut ,coca cola and burger king are proud of this fine speciman

  64. Isabella Jensen says:

    Geez, where is the compassion here? I’m a petite 110 woman and I work hard to keep in shape and eat right. Lucky for me I’ve never had to struggle with my weight like others in my family. I totally feel for this guy. There is no point in blaming anyone now…he is where he is. Thankfully, he has the guts to ask for help. Shame on those people that are so ignorant they can’t see his weight gain is more than his inability to stop eating. You obviously don’t get it.

    1. Ken Puck says:

      Actions have consequences. Even as ye sew, so shall ye reap. You make your own bed, and then you have to lie in it.

      This fellow obviously has an enabler who’s feeding him Big Macs and pizza. What do you suggest? That the food police break down the door?

      1. Eric says:

        “Sow” is the world you’re looking for. You “sow” seeds so that you can “reap” a harvest. “Sew” is something you do with needle and thread.

      2. Eric says:

        Oh, by the way: Don’t quote the Bible when trying to tell us not to have compassion. It makes no sense.

    2. Eric says:

      Compassion? I have compassion. But what this guy needs is surgery, followed by having his welfare cut off so he’ll be forced to get up, get a job, and fend for himself. He can only be in this situation because somebody feels “compassion” and stuffs his carcass full of food.

      Correctly directed compassion, combined with an expectation of performance from HIM, is called for here. He needs help, but if he won’t follow through and help himself then he needs to be left to die. At some point “compassion” ceases to be a solution and becomes the problem.

  65. John says:

    Here’s an idea, instead of eating 7-10 portions of food, eating 1 and taking a break?

    It simply amazes me seeing people in real life talking about wanting to lose weight and then seeing them eat more than I eat in an entire day in one sitting.

    Self control.. get some of it.

  66. Eric says:

    SOMEBODY is feeding him. Probably the taxpayers, at this point.

    The taxpayers could save themselves a fortune by paying for a “lap band” or gastric bypass surgery.

    The trouble with being that fat is every, single one of those fat cells is screaming for food. The signals are overwhelming. The fatter you get the more hungry you are and the more difficult it is to exercise some restraint. Skinny people have no context here. This guy is beyond helping himself. It’s not “impossible”, but it’s difficult to such an extreme that very few people could do it.

    I think the surgery, even at taxpayer expense, would be a win-win. It’ll save money in the long run. Get this guy out there working and paying taxes.

  67. Steve in Texas says:

    Yes, I’m sure that there are others involved…. his current ‘caretaker’ (grocery runner) being at the top of the list. If doing that to someone isn’t a crime…. it should be.
    Anyway….. good for him that he has finally realized and accepted that there IS a problem and now he’s willing/able to deal with it.
    Best of luck………

  68. Juanita Mendez says:

    I have the solution!!!! poor nutrition, contact to me. i know how you feel!!

  69. Echo says:

    When your too huge to get your own food, shouldn’t this problem be self-correcting at some point? Who is continuing to shove fatty foods in front of him?

  70. Cathy Worth says:

    Dear Robert, you are beginning an exciting new chapter and it sounds as if you are so very willing to reach high to make a goal for weight loss and for a healthful life style. The best words of wisdom given to me was to appreciate even the smallest loss — as long as the scale continued to read lower. A pound is a pound and not “JUST a pound.” Strike the word “just” from your vocabulary.
    Have you considered keeping a journal of your weight loss journey — so down the road you can be an inspiring voice to help others? Your journal does not have to be typing or handwritten, but instead a recording. I wish you well!

  71. Cathy Worth says:

    Some of the comments above are so very cold and heartless. Whatever ones present life situation, there may be a time when personal life — or a family member will be in need of compassion, understanding, and empathy to gain strength. I only wish that some commentators who made callous remarks will rethink the words they shared and mellow thoughts.

    1. Stststzzzth says:

      Have you taken the time to read what Robert himself wrote as a comment on another’s video? If he has not removed it yet, it was pretty bad and offensive to a certain group of people. I am sure some PR people are cleaning him up though and have taken care of this for him. I mean, look at the drool over this guy.

    2. Stststzzzth says:

      Here, scroll and spell check, or whatever it is you want–but do research:

      READ his comments here:

      1. Stststzzzth says:

        I didn’t mean to post the stupid video, I was trying to give a link to the video he made comments on…

        His comments are at this video.

    3. phillip says:

      Quit with the “compassion” stuff…it simply enables this guy to continue to eat more calories than his body consumes, which then results in even more weight gain. To lose weight he needs the facts laid on him and the resulting guilt also laid on him. Doing this ensures the problem is on his shoulders and not ours. When he realizes that 1) he has ownership of the problem and not us and 2) that we will not continue to make excuses for him being fat (we will not enable him), then and only then will people take charge of THEIR problem and solve it. All the advice in the world is useless unless he/she realizes that they are fat because they consume more calories than their body burns. To turn this around, you must consume fewer calories while simultaneously exercising to force the body to burn more calories. Simply eating less doesn’t do it alone because the body knows it’s being starved and reduces metabolism to match the reduced calorie intake, at which weight loss ceases. if however, you exercise while reducing caloric intake, you force the metabolism to INCREASE which in-turn, burns more calories. Eating less while exercising (under medical supervision) is the key. Do this and you begin losing weight immediately. All the other advice is smoke and mirrors.

  72. Stephanie says:

    My book “Why Stuff Happens in Life – the Good and the Bad” can very much help this man – can someone get me his mailing address so I can give him a copy? It’s not just about body weight and too many calories, there also is a physics component involved which is explained thoroughly in my newly published work which took me 30 (yes 30) years to compile.
    For more info about me and/or my book please visit
    Please get is mailing address to me as soon as possible. Many thanks…

  73. Cathy Worth says:

    Spelling Error Above: The word above is “commenter” –not commentators.

    1. Stststzzzth says:

      We posted at the same time–and my very long post ended up being blasted away. It was full of careful thought and articulated the entire brainwashing that has happened in today’s society for making heroic figures out of self-victimization cases. Had this guy taken the time to search nutrition and what the body needs, instead of learning how to upload videos and probably planning to have a few good months of uploading things into his fat stores, he would have lost weight. Instead he has people championing him for asking for help. He is being REWARDED for being FAT. And FAME is just another layer of the same thing–FAT.

      This is only a part of what I attempted to post. But hey, spelling is so utterly important, as is reading. READING which includes the LABELS on stuff you throw into your mouth.

  74. Fascist Nation says:

    Hummm, Bob, perhaps in this case you really should bite the hand that feeds you.

    1. Tricia says:

      Exactly, they should be ashamed for participating in Robert’s self destruction.

  75. benth165 says:

    That pile of Amebic flesh is not looking for help, he is looking for sympathy. He has not use the help he was already given, he will not use the help of anyone who answers the call.
    Anyone who victimizes themselves to this extent will surely die an early death, because they don’t want to get better. Looking for someone to come along and whip you into shape will not work, because it comes from without, and will only last a short time until that outside stimulation leaves. All work to bring ourselves into some semblance of equanimity comes from within.
    So it boils down to this, he will engage another who will invest their time and energy only to be disappointed in the end. Until that man stops feeling defeated, and making defeating remarks, he will not get better, and will die from sepsis when his body rots out from beneath him.

    1. John says:

      You’re wrong. Most people overweight don’t notice it at first, then as they get bigger, they start to notice, but their muscles are still strong so they can move around as the weight climbs. Eventually the weight overtakes their muscles ability to move them, and they get stuck, where their muscles then don’t get any use anymore, which then immobilizes them for good. I know I would be immobilized if I was asked to move 700lbs. I think over the years he was convinced that it was OK to be obese and didn’t look for a solution until it’s now becoming critical that he can hardly move. Him asking for help is reasonable, because he does need help, to get out of the trap all that weight has become.

      He’s not alone, everyone could use proper training in how to keep their weight down. The training they get today is on TV, the ads telling them to eat every 15 minutes, and eat all the wrong high energy foods that quickly build up the fat. If Robert gets help, it could easily help others along the way, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  76. Hols says:

    @starwhite why are you so defensive?
    Yes addictions are very powerful but that doesnt mean we have no way of fighting them. My mom was fat. I was fat. She fed me fast food at least 2 times per week and we had pizza every friday night when I was growing up. I’d say that’s more lifestyle than genetics. Also type 2 diabetes can be stopped and reversed with diet and exercise (unless too far gone). My bro and sis were always thin and I was always fat. Once I got it in my mind to lose weight, however, I was able to do it. Why? I saw my mom die of cancer and didnt want that life for me. I was weak willed until I got the ultimate motivation. Now I am at my ideal weight and have kept it off for a year. Yes genetics my play a role but lifestyle plays a bigger role. I have lived this so ignorance can’t be your excuse for me. Believe me I’m well informed of this struggle. Its been alifetime one.

  77. Leeah3633 says:

    People here are so cruel. This boy, yes, I call him a boy–I am 68 years old and have been around the pike for a while….this boy is asking for help. Whatever has been in his past, he is now READY to rectify it. You ALL know, we do things that we later regret and try to fix it at some point in our life. He wants just that and is reaching out for someone, anyone to guide him. I wish him success, it will be a difficult journey, but his age is a factor and I, for one, believe he WILL succeed. He has the will to do it and that’s the first step. Encourage him, don’t sit there and berate him for what is in his past. He wants to move forward and needs support. Robert, if you are reading this…..don’t let the negative comments bother you, just focus on getting healthy so you CAN see your neice and nephew grow up and one day have a loving family of your own. Take care and God Bless you!

    1. bruce brinkmann says:

      Hell. Just cut back to one pizza instead of two. Gotta start somewhere.

  78. ren1a says:

    Monitored liquid diet…

  79. Karen Hughes says:

    Living in a country with socialized medicine, I’m not sure he could get the care he needs. As morbidly obese as this patient is and taking into consideration his food addiction, I would recommend gastric sleeve surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery itself has risks on a patient this obese so it would be likely that he would have to be put on a liquid diet for some months before surgery. He needs to come to the U.S. for care.

    1. Tricia says:

      No he doesn’t! The people supplying him with food need to educate themselves and have some restraint to provide him with only enough healthy food for one day’s nourishment, then replace the next morning. Five months of this and you’ll see a new Robert emerging.

      Robert has it easier than most in that since he can’t get out of the house, he eats only what people bring in for him . The first few weeks will be rocky but he’ll be fine. His body will adjust and he’ll feel so much better once he starts re-adjusting his bad habits and mindset.

    2. argh says:

      HE’S IN THE U.S. Holy cow, people, do you pay any attention to the website you’re on? Photo of Golden Gate Bridge as the page background? Livermore is in California, not far from San Francisco.

  80. Sandra Fluke says:

    Go to Congress, testify before congress that you are a victim and Obama will call you. Hell, he might even send Michelle over to share some of her favorite recipes with you. Worked for me, got to go now and pick up my toys at AdultWorld…..

    1. asdf says:

      God I hope not. Keep that so-called president OUT of Livermore.

  81. bruce brinkmann says:

    Where is the FLOPD? The first lady of proper diets. I’d think Moochelle would jump right on this one, because it would certainly take at least four more years just to get this tubbo to where he can wipe his own butt.

  82. ed says:

    Obesity is addiction and must be treated as such. I would suggest shock therapy which has become acceptable ot preferred as an effective and safe treatment for depession. If not perhaps ritalin or another stimulant. Of course this would be within the context of healthy eating and daily exercise.

  83. greg says:

    “Hi. I eat 2 pizzas per meal and down a few liters of coke per day. In between meals I stuff twinkies and M&Ms into my face like they are going out of style. I need you to help me understand why I am fat. I am a victim of something I can’t help.”

    Sorry, chubby, but you are only a victim of yourself. If you cant figure that out, you are beyond hope.

  84. Brady says:

    My suggestion…stop eating. The End.

  85. Scott says:

    So I should help flip the bill for this guy to get better either via surgery or after surgery? Yeah that seems fair, hell my wife and I each work over 40 hrs a week to help get out of the debt WE established for ourselves. I refuse to hit the reset button and put my problem on everyone else so we work to pull ourselves out of the mess while also trying to help others even less fortunate than us. I feel sorry for this young man but he knew the difference between right and wrong, healthy and un-healthy. He is already buying his junk food off of gov sponsored money generated by other hard working people.
    Just stop this madness. We cant continue to run the viscous circles we do. people need to start helping them selves

  86. Ken H. says:

    Those that gorge themselves will get fat. I have no pity on those that do this. It is all about self-control. No matter the problem(s) you may be facing, or the situation you may be in, gorging yourself does nothing but make you obese. The only way to peace is Jesus Christ. Only He can help you.

  87. Trev16 says:

    Robert Gibbs needs to watch the movie…Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Very informative movie about food, etc and without a doubt inspirational. It will be the best $15 you ever spent. Watch the trailer on Youtube and order from Amazon.

  88. Chris says:

    Eating fast food is NOT cheaper than buying food at the market. If you buy pre-made food, it costs more.
    Buy rice and chicken. Or rice and fish.
    Eat as much rice and fish or chicken as you want. Its lean

  89. Malibu says:

    The problem is, he’s not eating food. Chris Powell will introduce him to it. Good luck brother.

  90. Carole says:

    You say he should quit eating??? really???? the thing with addictions is, you don’t need alcohol, you don’t need drugs,you can live without those things but you cannot live without food!!! Why don’t you idiots put yourself in his place??? He needs to learn how to eat RIGHT!!! and hopefully, someone will show him and help him….we all need a little help now and then so leave this guy alone unless you want to help!! Yes, someone started him on his bad eating habits and when you are four yrs old, you really don’t have much say in what you eat so he was taught to eat junk which made him fat….He realizes that, all he is asking for is some help…he doesn’t need you self righteous fools telling him to get up and move,or stop eating, HE CAN’T!!!!

    1. Tricia says:

      He can too. If the people supplying him food would use their good sense, he’d start losing weight.
      Supply him only with 3 meals worth of food in his refrigerator each day. Have him prepare the food for himself. Fruits, vegetables, and protein. No snacks.
      If they don’t do this, he will die soon. So it’s up to them. They all created this situation.

      A druggie can’t do drugs if there are no drugs in the house.
      A food addict can’t consume copious amounts of food, unless someone’s making it possible.

      Simple solution.

  91. Tricia says:

    It isn’t a matter of what or how much he eats as much as it’s a matter of WHO IS SHOPPING for his groceries and why are they supplying him with copious amounts of food that’s obviously killing him?!!!
    All these housebound people who are too obese to fill their cupboards are obviously being stocked with huge amounts of food.
    STOP doing this to him, you idiots! He can only eat when you leave on his countertop and refrigerator shelf.
    Each day, give him fruits and vegetables and protein for one day. When it’s gone, he can’t eat until the next day. SIMPLE.

    I really can’t believe you people sit around crying that your loved one is such a fat man that he is going to die an early death when you’re the ones helping him do it.

    And, Robert, wake up from your coma and make a life for yourself. You’ve done this to yourself. Youtube people don’t need to step in. You and your family need to do this. You’re the ones who made you this way. Get out of the mess you’ve made.

    Bottom line- Stop supplying him so much food and he will lose weight.

    The only food in his house should be 3 meals of proper proportions of fruits vegetables and protein. And lots of water which he can get from his sink, all by himself. 🙂 Good luck!

  92. Emma Blacktern says:

    Being so fat is not the man fault , I don’t think.. … Check his medicine this guy is taking! Alot of medicine shuts down your metabolism. If it is doing it, have his doctor change his medicine and have PT therpy.
    .. ALSO He can have Thyroid troubles or a tumor ..Fat is not from just eating food and sitting on your butt.. HEALTH PROBLEMS causes it too.

    1. Tricia says:

      Nobody becomes 700 lbs unless they stop moving and eat too many calories.

      Health issues can contribute to weight gain but do not make people balloon into a body size so large that they can not walk.

      He’s been a sloth and people have enabled the situation to keep him ‘happy’.

      A “shut down” metabolism doesn’t cause this much disaster.

  93. Tricia says:

    700 lb people who are housebound do not remain obese if they

    1- have no job
    2-have no money


    3-someone’s providing them with the ability to sit at home and eat LOTS of food, while not having to do a thing for themselves.

    So, while it’s a very sad situation…his family and friends should be ashamed of themselves, as should Robert. How ridiculous to enable a human being to do nothing else in life, but lay around and eat until they can no longer walk. Nobody gets that way by themselves. Shame on those of you who have done this along with Robert.

  94. nukegm says:

    that looked like michelle obama on the couch.

  95. Howie1960 says:

    I don’t know of anyone who would have any sympathy for this fat ass. No one put a gun to his head and made him eat so much that he’s now 700 pound and can’t even stand up. Now he’s pleading for help? And hoping his video goes viral? No one can help you you fat ass slob. No taxpayer money should go to help you in any way since you decided to eat your way to morbid obesity.

  96. Neil says:

    How can anybody get that fu%$*d up. Oh I forgot it was San Francisco!

  97. John Whitfield says:

    Dig a pit and put the fat F*** in it. He’s an entitlement recipient and only wants freebies to pad his big fat belly.

    1. Tricia says:

      John, there’s no reason to call him or anyone else names here. Keep your emotions in check.

  98. Hillarie says:

    Someone is bringing him food. He can’t leave the house, obviously. So someone is helping him kill himself. They should stop!

    But you have to admire him for asking for help in such a public way. That takes guts.

    1. Thin Is In says:

      which he has an abundance of….

  99. earl dumarest says:

    I would say all of you qualify as “flat earthers” when it comes to the science of diet. Your body is NOT an engine that burns calories. It is a chemistry lab that operates on what you put into it. Anyone that counts calories to lose weight will gain the weight back. The problem is we eat way too much sugar. We were made to eat meat, fat, dairy products and some fruit. Starches are poison. Saturated fats are great for your health. Sugar is poison. This poor guy is eating tons of bread, french fries and colas. That’s why he is diabetic. He is dumping sugar into his body and it couldn’t handle it.

    1. Timdaniels says:

      I guess someone should have told God not to send his people to a land “flowing with milk and HONEY.” And Jesus should have said, “Man does not live by bread AT ALL…”

  100. arnoldripkin says:

    There are few health problems that require such a simple, yet life-saving cure. Remove the people who, not only allowed but actively caused his problem to get worse by the day for at least 20 years.

  101. LindaE says:

    He needs someone to teach him how to eat healthy and the person who has been feeding him also needs the same lessons…

    Having him stop eating is not the way to lose weight the healthy way….the main thing….get him on his feet to walk…even if it’s 10 feet a day for a week and then 12 feet for another week…etc…

    Combine the exercise with proper eating habits, he will be on his way to loss the weight!

  102. TurbineDude says:

    700 pounds? Are you kidding me? Let him die. Or, let him go live with Nacy Pelosi. I’m sorry. I just have NO compassion for something like this. Obama loves people like this.

    1. Templar X says:

      I wish Mr. Giggs well. He is on the right trach now by seeking the help he needs. We all need help sometimes. We all need God. Some people simply do not yet realize it. Some of you posters without compassion really need to examine yourselves.

      Is. 10:1-3. “Woe to those who enact evil statutes, and to those who continually record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice, and rob the poor of My people of their rights… Now what will you do in the day of punishment, and in the devastation which will come from afar?”

      Luke 1:52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were hungry. He has filled the hungry with good things; and sent away the rich empty-handed.”

      Ezek. 22:29,31 “The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice… Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord GOD.

      Jer. 5:28 “[The wicked] do not plead the cause, the cause of the orphan, that they may prosper; and they do not defend the rights of the poor. Shall I not punish these people?” declares the LORD. “On such a nation as this, shall I not avenge myself?”

      James 5:1-6. Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. …Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and with you have withheld, cries out against you; and the outcry of the harvesters has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.

      Luke 6:24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.”

      Luke 16:19-25 “Now there was a certain rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, gaily living in splendor every day. And a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs would come and lick his sores.
      Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. And in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.
      And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame.’
      But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony…’”

      1. Tricia says:

        Templar, throwing judgmental scriptures toward others is not helpful. It puts you on the same level as the hateful ones and offers no help at all.
        Most bloggers do hope Robert succeeds in getting healthy and making a good life for himself. The solution is less food, better food, more movement and counseling. Each of which is going to take a great deal of effort on his part. But, he can do it.

      2. Mike Smith says:

        @templar Sorry, but when you use translated scriptures, it makes you look uneducated, as each scripture is not presented in modern society in the original context it was written. Your usage of biblical text, as presented, is just further proof of organized religious brainwashing.

        Luke 16, in the original text, was about how a rich man may view his richness as being bestowed from god, and in doing so assumes he will also be granted passage to heaven. But god doesn’t bestow anything in life to anyone, rather he rewards those of faith in the after life.

        Only after several translations, does the current accepted scripture, retool the message, to attract bleeding heart do gooders.

      3. Templar X says:

        God is judging us all. The love of money (wealth) is A ROOT of all evil (the tree representing all evil, with many roots).

  103. James says:

    you guys in the article spelt “for” wrong last paragraph

  104. gildo9 says:

    OK I have an Idea, I know it might sound a little crazy but, STOP EATING!!!!!! …DAMMIT

  105. Java says:

    I don’t wish anything bad on this guy–I haven’t a clue as to who he is other than what I read. I have no idea if its genetics or if it is simply eating too much or a conbination of both. I simply don’t care. What I’m sick of is having to pay for people like this (welfare, disability etc. etc. etc.). I work my back side off to earn a very good living. I’m tired of the Gov’t taking more money than I spend myself. I’m sick of people telling me I should feel sorry for these people (or any other “group” for that matter). We all have our problems and we all need to take responsibility for ourselves, which I do. I’m not a burden on anyone. If someone wants to help, more power to them. I don’t want to help, but I am enslaved by the Gov’t to service people like this. I don’t care.

    1. Mike Smith says:

      Sorry Java I too work my buns off, and I too hold harsh feeling for leeches on society. But I can not, nor will I ever withdraw a hand from those asking for a hand up, as this young man is. There is a huge difference in a hand up and a hand out. I hope this young man is able to get his life together and become healthy, I pray he gets to a point where he gets to experience everything I have been blessed to experience myself. I also pray the same for anyone else who wants to rise above their current lifestyles.

      1. Java says:

        As I said, if YOU (and I emphasize you, not forcing taxpayers) want to help, out of the compassion of your heart, more power to you. There are private organizations and Churches you can donate to which help people like this. I to do many things out of the compassion of my heart for those I love and occasionally, for those I have no idea who they are. I don’t have the physical capacity to care for all suffering I see. I’m grateful that I live in a country that (at least currently) is relatively free and not someplace such as North Korea, where you have a brutal dictatorship that tries to eliminate income inequality (except for the political elite). So I’m not criticizing you for lending a helping hand as long as it is YOU lending a helping hand, not voting others into some type of indentured servitude. Unfortunately, so many in todays society believe THEY are doing something for someone when in fact, they are doing nothing.

  106. lighten up! says:

    This problem is nothing new, and he can take comfort that there are others with similar issues.

  107. FlamingRedNeck says:

    Let’s end it now, I’ll send you an Obama endorsed Big Mac!

  108. Brandon says:

    Why do poor people think that fast food is cheaper than making your own meals? A big guy like that could easily spend $10 a meal at Wendy’s or McDonalds. I could feed him for about $8 a day, or about $250 a month. I spend about $200 a month for my gf and myself and we eat pretty darn healthy.

  109. Juan1 says:

    Losing weight is like managing a checking account. If you keep adding money to the account and write checks (or use debit card) for less than you deposit………….your account grows. But, if you overdraw (hot checks) you go minus on the bank fees. “Burn more calories than you put into your body” and you will loose weight.

  110. JBC says:

    It’s all the fault of Republicans.

    1. GC says:

      …you’re an idiot…

      1. Timdaniels says:

        You lack any sense of humor

  111. Michael Vaughmit says:

    Let fat people be fat. The competitive advantage the rest of us have in every other area of life is worth whatever they cost the health care system.

  112. GC says:

    Quit whining, get off the couch, and fix yourself. you’re freaking 23 years old….It’s time to be an adult and have some self discipline and do stuff for yourself

    1. Drew says:

      You really don’t seem to understand the seriousness of situations like this. It’s not nearly so simple as you make it seem.

      To everyone who wishes DEATH on this man, you deserve death far more than he.

    2. Mike Smith says:

      @gc, I think that is what this young man is doing. He asking to be taught how to become healthy, and live healthy. “Cast not doubt, on those who try, but cast not faith in those who don’t.”

  113. Timdaniels says:

    Get over it, all you commenters who take personal offense at other people’s humor. As a friend or acquaintance, we would have every compassion for him. As the “personless” subject of a sensationalized news artcle (note: this is not news, he’s just being used by the media to attract readership) he’s the harmless focus of witticism or a catalyst for commentary on the kinds of attitudes that are harming our society. Get off your high horse.

  114. muralartist says:

    Has ANYONE noticed what beautiful eyes he has?

    1. sw says:

      he is a really good looking guy…shame

  115. sw says:

    yes,someone is feeding him..if he cant stand for more than a few seconds a day!?

  116. Linda says:

    You’re all so mean. This is a young man with a very serious problem. A problem that will kill him if not addressed quickly. We are our brothers keepers whether we like it or not. Robert needs help and he needs it now. I am not concerned with how he got here, only that he is here. I have watched several shows called, “My 600 Pound Live” where the people involved have had Gastrice Bypass Surgery and the show has followed their progress over a seven year period of time. It was amazing to watch the transformation that took place in these people’s lives as they would lose the pounds and begin to be able to exercise for the first time in years. They were all thrilled as their energy levels returned and they were able to return to a social life again. I would like to see this for Robert. Everyone deserves another chance. Even convicted criminals get that. Why can’t you see that for someone who is overweight? Are we so blinded by our prdjidices?

  117. sw says:

    anyway, all i need to say is that i am an AUS size 10…I have just called off a relationship with a man who was an AUS XXL6…..he was three times the weight he should have been and he had an obession with food…he would take food off me, he would ask whats for dinner just after i just cooked him breakfast….he worked only 4 days out of 10 and on his days off he would go from his bed, to the loungeroom to watch T.V. then back in bed…he never slept well due to sleep apnoena, he had diabeties that went unchecked and he also had something wrong with his prostate…there where times i had to hide my food from him, just so i could have something to eat…he almost lost his job because he was too heavy to sit in the chairs at work because they had a weight limit…i looked after his three children because he couldnt get up and cope with them…and to tell you the truth…i will never date another man who is overweight…i dont care whether they have a medical problem etc…there is no way i will date a man who cant get off his ass and at least do the dishes!

  118. Mike Smith says:

    Hello Robert, I am not sure if you will read this, but I felt compelled to give you a positive response. You have taken the first my friend in asking for a hand up. Just keep in mind, there isn’t going to be an easy path for you to take, nor will you ever gather the support of many cruel people across the world. But you must keep your head high, and your eyes on the ultimate goal of becoming healthy. Remember that an avalanche once started as one single snow flake. With that said my new friend, feel free to email me anytime you need support, or just someone to chat with. That goes for anyone, because sometimes we just need someone to listen.

  119. A Neighbor says:

    You go, Robert! Don’t get discouraged! Many, many, many of us believe in you! God bless and strengthen you. You are THE MAN!

  120. Michael T. James says:

    Hey I’m overweight too, but back away from the all you can eat buffet!!!I wouldn’t give this fat ass nothing ,except a treadmill and a celery stick!! Quit looking for a handout and help yourself !!!

  121. serene says:

    If he can’t get up from the couch for more than a couple minutes, WHO IS FEEDING HIM FAST FOOD???? Boy, talk about co-dependency!!!!!

  122. Kim Zimmerman says:

    Robert. I feel your pain. I weighed 275 pounds. I got a gastric bypass 12 years ago and I have kept the weight off. I have weighed 140 pounds since then. My blood sugars are in a normal range. My blood pressure has remained normal also. My energy level went through the roof. Grasp peace, and do not let go. My email is kimyzimmerman@yahoo if you want a friend. Please ignore the negative replies on this site. They do nothing to help you realize anything that you do not already know. You need positive thoughts and actions. The road ahead of you is rough and long. All of your existing relationships with family and friends will be tested. Stay strong. Do not give up. I hope we can be friends. Kim

  123. T. Page Hamilton says:

    Dear CBS S.F.,

    Please pass this message on to Mr. Robert Gibbs, if you feel it’s appropriate. Thanks:

    Dear Mr. Gibbs,

    You are so brave! Congratulations on your affective plea. Wow! To be so open and honest about your struggle is seriously so monstrously brave! God bless! Please know you are such an inspiration! Keep up the good work of reaching out. People will respond, as you’ve seen, and the Bay Area wants the best for you. You are so young, and I believe you have a fabulous future ahead of you. Stay strong. The trek ahead will no doubt be difficult, but don’t give up – especially on yourself. Other depression survivors and diabetics are pulling for your recovery! Three Cheers for taking the first step. Great job! You always have a friend in San Mateo if you ever need a cheerleader. Facebook me: Tiffany Page Hamilton (my friends call me Page). Go get ’em!!! Knock ’em dead! Take whatever you need for you to heal. You are so worth it! Good luck. Save this for the next time you feel down (no doubt the next few months will be filled with difficult choices). I believe you can make it – and make it great! Cheers! All the best! PS – I’m always looking for friends to walk my dog with. It’s a mellow exercise. She’s 9 years old, and stops to sniff a lot, but she gets tough around other dogs, so it’s a daily challenge. She keeps me on my toes (and helps me stay fit & get out of the house). She also helps me make friends and is great therapy. She seriously has the softest fur – it’s like puppy fur. Divine… Anyway – I’d be happy to share her with you if you need a friend. She’s a great one. Consider yourself invited to the fold of our “pack”. Lol. All the best!

  124. lyrainy1 says:

    why does the state not pay for a by-pass or LAP-band? Cheaper (in the long run) than all the medical costs of being so obese! Just saying…..

  125. elgabachero says:

    What do you expect when EBT cards issued by the Federal Govt can be used to purchase junk food at fast food restaurants and mini marts? I would be surprised if Mr. Gibbs does not have an EBT card.

  126. kitty says:

    I have empathy for this young man. I too was very obese at 296 lbs last year and functioning but now well… I was fed up and found a program to help me! Now I’m at 179 with 30 more to go and loving my life. If you want help, check out my website: