Joe Wexler says his diet is healthy and that he eats two full meals a day with snacks in between. While someone might think this sounds like a guy who has his eating habits figured out, you might be shocked to know that Mr. Wexler weighed 777 pounds.
According to Mail Online, the 31-year-old Tennessee resident was baffled by his weight gain and couldn’t figure out how he got so big eating so “healthy” (as he calls it). He apparently didn’t realize that ranch dressing and ice cream were bad for him.
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It wasn’t until Wexler went to meet with a bariatric surgeon that he learned that he was actually consuming 10,000 calories a day. He says that he’s “living a nightmare.”
“I’ve been in and out of hospital 10 times in the last nine months. I can’t go up and down the stairs. I can’t even get behind the steering wheel of a car anymore. I’ve been homebound and it’s very lonely. I feel like a prisoner inside this body. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. I am living the nightmare. One that I wish very much I could wake up from.”
Joe Wexler needed to change his diet in order to see improvements in his health and in his every day life, and that’s exactly what he has done. He identified the problem, and he’s working hard to fix it.
He explained that his parents’ divorce really bothered him, and that he began emotional eating shortly after.
“Growing up, I could never have imagined that I’d end up like this. I’ve always had problems with my weight ever since I was little. Bad habits got picked up early. I was allowed to do whatever I wanted, including choosing what to eat. The relationship between me and my dad was strained. I think buying those things [treats] was his way of dealing with me. I think I would have given up anything I had if he had paid me some attention and I felt like life was punishing me for some sin I didn’t commit. I ate to deal with my feelings and I never stopped.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Joe took part in the TLC reality show, My 600-lb. Life. He has been to the gym, and has learned to eat better. He is already losing weight, reportedly down to about 650 pounds, and he was approved for gastric bypass surgery — a very bright light at the end of his tunnel.
According to InTouch Weekly,Wexler recently had the surgery.
“Words can’t describe how I feel. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I have hope.”
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