800-Pound Man Gets Kicked Out of Hospital’s Weight Loss Program for a Pretty Ridiculous Reason

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Thirty-three-year-old Steven Assanti was in the hospital for a weight loss program, in an attempt to help treat the eating disorder that led him to become 800 pounds:1

Assanti was a resident at the hospital for 80 days, a period over which he lost more than 20 lbs.

However, after breaking the rules by ordering pizza, he was kicked out of the facility.

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Mmm, pizza. Okay, you’ve got to be a little sympathetic.

Assanti had worked with doctors to set a goal weight as a first step, which he explained to NBC10:

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“I was supposed to stay and lose all my weight, and get down to 550, to get the gastric bypass,” he said. “That was their plan.”

Now Assanti is riding around in the back of his father’s van, while father, Steven Veilette, looks for a place to take him. Veilette knows if they go home, his son will fall back into his old ways and likely die.

A heartbroken Veilette told NBC10:

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“I just don’t know who to turn to.”

“I called everybody, everybody you can think of in the state of Rhode Island and nobody seems to be able to help me.”

Despite having no possibilities at the moment, Veilette vows that he will do whatever it takes to get his son into some form of treatment.

Assanti made an appeal through Facebook:

“Hopefully, in the near future there will be a positive follow-up with my weight loss.”

“I would like to thank all my supporters as well on my Facebook page and also to all the negative comments that give me a thicker skin.”

Assanti, who recognizes he has a disorder, told NBC10:

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“It’s an addiction and I realize that. And it’s a disease.”

The Centers for Disease Control offers this statistic regarding obesity in the U.S.:

“The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.”

For now, Assanti and his father will continue to drive around until hope is found. The hospital has been unwilling to comment on the situation since releasing Assanti.

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