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From a 650-pound virgin to role model

16 Jul
David Smith, the 650-pound virgin

David Smith, the 650-pound virgin David Smith, the role model

Last night, I watched TLC’s “650-pound Virgin” story on David Smith, a man with a common name with a not-so-common problem. He was a morbidly obese man who almost ate himself to death. At his peak, he weighed a whopping 650 pounds.

As many of us struggle with our weights–I have yet to lose my pregnancy weight, David Smith is someone we can all relate to. He used to be someone who was unhappy with his body. Someone who was out of shape. Someone who had given up.

David Smith

David Smith

What makes his story so remarkable and inspirational is the difficult choice he made. After his doctor told him he only had several years to live, he realized he had 3 choices:

1-Get surgery. But there’s a chance he could die.

2-Kill himself by burning himself alive. This way there would be no evidence he ever lived and no one could make fun of him and his weight after his death.

3-Lose the weight.

Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. You guessed it, he chose Option 3. He wrote a letter to news reporter, Chris Powell and asked for help. Chris Powell did more than just respond, he became the support and motivation that David Smith needed to turn his life around and get the weight down and off. And here is where this massive man who resembled a blob transformed into well, a role model.

David Smith

David Smith and Chris Powell

Their friendship didn’t stop after David lost the weight. David and Chris became best friends, room mates and now they have partnered together and created Reshape The Nation. Check out the Reshape The Nation channel on YouTube. They make a video every day to motivate you.

Here’s today’s video:

Visit the Reshape The Nation website and pre-register today.

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