An American man identified only by his first name, Robert, posted a tearful YouTube video pleading for the public's help with his battle against obesity.
The 22-year-old man (pictured) weighs over 600 pounds. In the homemade video he reveals that he is just one day shy of his 23d birthday and fears that he will not live to see 24 unless he can get his weight under control.
"I don't care if you make fun of me," says Robert. "I've tried losing weight on my own, tried doing everything possible, been on diets, been hospitalized, always done what needed to be done. But then, I gained the weight back."
He says he hopes that his YouTube plea will go viral and attract the attention of someone with the expertise to help him.
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"I'm just trying to get some help from somebody, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, Dr. Phil, Biggest Loser, anything or anybody who knows..."
The first part of Robert's wish has already come true. His video shot straight to the top of YouTube's viral video charts, according to the Daily Mail. But aside from a glut of sympathetic comments (amid the expected mass of heinous flames), Robert has yet to find the kind of professional help that he's looking for. See the video for yourself below.