Robert Gibbs and Dr. Phil McGraw
It took two medical vans and five EMTs, but 23-year-old Robert Gibbs made it from Northern California to the Los Angeles set of The Dr. Phil Show to get help for his morbid obesity.
Gibbs, who weighs 700 pounds, gained national attention when a video plea he sent to Dr. Phil received more than one million hits on YouTube. Now Gibbs seems willing to do whatever it takes to get his life back on track and get his weight down for good. "I think that if I don't get some type of help and I don't change what I'm doing right now, that I'm going to die within the next year," he tells Dr. Phil on Friday's episode (check local listings for time and station). "I feel like a prisoner in my own body."
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In the segment, Gibbs' mother also takes some of the blame for her son's dangerous weight. "We've got to get him better, and I can't do that if you continue to enable him," Dr. Phil warns her.
Watch this clip from Friday's show: