On his 23rd birthday, at 700 pounds, Robert Gibbs says he is a prisoner in his own body. (KPIX/CBS)
LIVERMORE, CA (KCTV/KPIX/CBS) -
Trapped in his own body.
A San Francisco area man is so desperate to lose weight, he posted a plea for help on YouTube. That video has gone viral in the past 24 hours.
And offers to help are already pouring in.
"I spend most of my days watching TV right here from usually about noon to about 2, 3 in the morning, going to bed, repeating the same thing," said Robert Gibbs.
On his 23rd birthday, at 700 pounds, Robert Gibbs says he is a prisoner in his own body.
"I have to slide forward to get off this couch," said Gibbs. "I'm just trapped and there's no way out."
Something clicked one night for the Livermore man who has struggled with his weight since the age of four, even being hospitalized twice. In a desperate moment, as he lay in bed unable to get himself out, Gibbs created a YouTube video.
"I'm 23, and I've never had a life," said Gibbs in his online pea for help. "This is my last chance, my last hope, one of them. I am really scared I'm not going to be able to watch my niece and nephew grow up."
Gibbs says he is beyond helping himself. He is on disability and may suffer from depression.
To save money and feed his food addiction, he often eats fast food - two pizzas and a two liter of soda.
"I made that video as a plea for someone's help," said Gibbs.
It did not fall on deaf ears.
"I didn't expect it to catch on the way it did," he said.
In 24 hours time, Gibbs had about 200,000 YouTube hits and calls from news stations all over the world.
Weight loss guru Chris Powell, who specializes in helping the extremely obese, would like to help.
A producer of Powell's show offered to put Gibbs in touch with Powell.
"I'd love his help. I mean, he works miracles," said Gibbs as he broke into a smile. "I'm getting the exposure I needed. I better start getting ready for the tornado that's about to become my life."
While nothing is final, Gibbs says he has one hope.
"I guess today's a good birthday for me," he said.
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