30-year-old David Nelson of Idaho Falls, Idaho, lived a painful life because of his enormous weight of 763 pounds. He lived with his foster mother, Robin, who cooked for him and tried to help him lose weight.
David Nelson had additional health problems due to his weight, such as chronic back and muscle pain, took about 8 painkillers, and required a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to sleep. All he did every day was sleep, eat a lot of unhealthy food, sit and watch TV and sometimes go to the grocery store with Robin.
David Nelson’s food addiction was the result of an unstable living environment, which unfortunately started very early in his life. David was born to his 13-year-old young mother who happened to be a cocaine addict and an absent father. So he practically grew up in various foster homes and with foster parents who were not always well-intentioned.
Some of the parents would only take in foster children for money provided by the state, and some would not provide him with proper food, so he had to overeat for fear of not being fed again for days.
By the age of six, he was finally adopted by the Nelson family, but unfortunately the parents turned out to be violent. They disciplined him by hitting and beating him, once even breaking his nose.
So throughout his childhood he turned to food again for emotional consolation, gaining 250 kilos by secondary school. But his participation in football and wrestling kept him active and he had no problem until the age of 15/16, when he got into serious trouble. Unfortunately, he was kicked out of his family after he and his siblings threw parties while his parents were away at their grandmother’s funeral.
It was a devastating time for David; he went back into care, gained 100 kilos in a year and became depressed. Luckily, he was adopted by Robin, who saw goodness in him and wanted to help turn his life around. Robin helped her lose 280 pounds, gave her a positive environment, treated her like a son, and helped her study and get into the University of Idaho. But college was hard for him again as he slipped into partying, eating and drinking, eventually leaving college and getting a job in his hometown.
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After losing 68 kilos to 695 kilos, she immediately qualified for surgery and Dr. Now asked her to lose another 30 kilos in the 2 months until the surgery. She was also asked to arrange to move to Houston with someone so that the gastric bypass surgery could be performed without a hitch.
However, the stress of moving to Houston and Robin’s difficulty arranging time from work to move meant David sometimes skipped the diet. He also confessed that the stress caused him to cheat on meals, but he tried different exercises, such as aqua aerobics, to continue his journey.
As a result, David gained back 38 kilos at the next follow-up, becoming 733 kilos. This caused him a lot of frustration and guilt as he felt he had let everyone down, especially Robin.
Even after trying for another 2 months, when he lost only 14 kilos, Dr Now then advised him to seek therapy to deal with his emotional stress, which was causing him to cheat on his eating. He also gave her another 2 months to lose 70 kilos and get clearance for surgery.
Psychotherapy helped David because he was able to let his emotions out quite well and was therefore encouraged to live more independently, looking at his own abilities. As he started to live independently, worked out his emotions, ate healthily and even went out on his own, David eventually gained confidence and lost a total of 155 kilos, weighing 608 kilos. Dr. Now also approved his bariatric surgery on the condition that he continue with the weight loss plan, and David has been doing great ever since, getting a trainer, eating healthy and even travelling!