Obese Man’s Emotional Plea for Help Goes Viral

Melissa Knowles
March 5, 2012

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A 23-year-old obese man's video plea for help is going viral. Robert Gibbs of Livermore, California, recorded a video of himself asking the world to help him lose weight. In the video, Gibbs says he weighs between 600 to 700 or more pounds. He has tried everything on his own to lose weight, from going on diets to being hospitalized, but has been unsuccessful at keeping off the weight.

Gibbs says he's "making this video, because he doesn't know what else to do." He asks viewers to "please post and share this video as much as possible," because he is hoping that it will go viral and he will get the help he needs from a nutritionist, a personal trainer, or maybe even Dr. Phil McGraw or "The Biggest Loser."

Gibbs anticipates that some people may make fun of him, and to them he tearfully says that he does not care because this is his last chance and his last hope. Gibbs, who has diabetes, also expresses that he's really scared that he will not be able to watch his niece and nephew grow up or ever have a family of his own.

The video was originally posted on March 1, just one day before his 23rd birthday, and it has received almost 875,000 views in just over four days. A local CBS affiliate in San Francisco covered his story, and Gibbs has since been contacted by celebrity personal trainer Chris Powell with an offer to help him lose weight.

Dozens of response videos have also now popped up on YouTube, with many people offering encouraging words for Gibbs and wishing him success on his weight-loss journey. However, not everyone is being supportive, with some people being downright cruel or questioning who is covering his fast food habits, medical bills, and rent.


Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's sponsors are pulling their advertisements in mass exodus. Limbaugh made inflammatory remarks using a female slur against a Georgetown law student after she testified for insurance companies to provide women with free birth control.

Online "#BoycottRush" has been used more than 8,000 times in the past week as people comment on Limbaugh's misstep. A "Boycott Rush Limbaugh" Facebook page has also gained more than 25,000 likes in the past week.

Limbaugh responded to the increasing public outcry by releasing a statement Saturday, saying "in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices."

However, it seems that the apology may be too little too late with a seventh advertiser pulling its sponsorship. So far, ProFlowers, Oreck, Quicken Loans, Sleep Train and Sleep Number, Citrix Systems, and Carbonite are among those who have pulled their sponsorships.