“If you can still breathe and have a heartbeat there is still time to save your life.” – Robert Gibbs
The obese Californian, Robert Gibbs, 23, fearing he would lose his life to obesity, recorded a three-minute tearful plea for help and posted it as “ragingrobert” on YouTube in March 2012. The clip was an instant hit. It went viral and was viewed more than 200,000 times in 24 hours.
To date, the above clip has been viewed 1,512,570 times.
In 2012, Robert Gibbs weighed 764 pounds (346.5 kg) when he first met Phil McGraw, the host of Dr. Phil talk show. Phil arranged for Robert to go to one of the Wellspring Academies (formerly Academy of the Sierras), in Reedley, California.
“I am glad to see less of you,” Phil said when he met Robert again in 2013. Here is the video from Dr. Phil Show uploaded to YouTube on June 4, 2013.
Robert credits his astonishing loss of weight to diet and exercise and admits that getting started was tough. He climbs stairs at home every day.
He says that he wants to be an inspiration and instil hope in people who are in the same predicament he was in two years back.
How much weight has Robert lost?
He has shed 254 Pound (115.2 kg) unwanted fat. However, he is still overweight at 510 pounds (231 kg).
- ‘If you can breathe, there is still time to save your life’: Morbidly obese man who made YouTube plea for help reveals incredible 254-pound weight loss (dailymail.co.uk)
- Obese Guy That Made Impassioned YouTube Plea Is Down 300+ lbs (webpronews.com)