Monday, May 14, 2012

Dr Phil reaches out to morbidly obese 23-year-old who posted desperate plea for help on YouTube

A video plea by a morbidly-obese 22-year-old has earned him the help of television personality Dr Phil.
The man, named Robert Gibbs, who weighs between 600 and 700 lbs., attracted the attention of specialists since he made a YouTube video five days ago.
In the video, which has now been viewed nearly 900,000 times, the California native reveals his fear that he will die before his niece and nephew grow up.

Robert said,
'I'm making this video because I don't know what else to do.
'I've tried losing weight on my own, tried doing everything possible, been on diet, been hospitalised, always done what needed to be done, but then, I gained the weight back.
The 23-year-old lives with his mother, sister, and her two children in Livermore, California outside of Oakland.
His sister, Nichole Gibbs, said that she didn’t know her brother was making the video until reporters began calling to interview her.
‘I'm happy he's doing this and he's getting a lot of feedback on it,’ she told Mercury News.
‘It's going to help him, and I'm glad for that.’
In the 3-minute video, Mr Gibbs says that he has tried diets and hospital treatments to help him lose weight but nothing has worked.
‘'I'm just trying to get some help from somebody, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, Dr Phil, Biggest Loser, anything or anybody who knows.'
And that he did, as alumni of the show The Biggest Loser have also reached out and offered encouragement.
Mr Gibbs asked viewers to post the clip to improve his chances of finding an expert to help him.
He says: 'Please repost this video, get it to go viral, get it to be one of the most watched videos ever, eventually someone will see it and then maybe I can get some help.
'For anybody who is going to make fun of me, I really don't care. This is my last hope.
'I'm really scared that I'm not going to be able to watch my niece or my nephew grow up, and I'm not going to be able to have a family of my own.
'I'm asking for somebody's help. That's all I can really say, it's from the heart.'
Dr.Phil his on action helping Robert at the moment and we hope Gibbs dreams came true.


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