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Count Zarth
07-10-2009, 07:00 PM
I'm high-fiving this guy across the internet.
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David Smith once contemplated suicide; now, ‘girls make googly eyes at me’

He was enormously obese — a lost soul with no friends and no life who had given up on himself and on life.

David Smith even hatched a plan to end it. He would get an inflatable swimming pool, and he would take it to a remote spot in the Arizona desert. He would fill it with gasoline, get in, and light a match. It would be a horrific and painful way to die, but that’s what Smith thought he deserved.

And the best thing about it would be that the fire would consume his 650-pound body. When it had done his work, there would be nothing left to make fun of anymore.

It is hard to believe that the David Smith who tells this story is the same hunky man who sat down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer Friday in New York. Smiling and confident, he’s cut and ripped, a certified personal trainer with a body that’s no longer to die in a blaze of glory for. He has a future that never seemed possible — and a past that seemed to have belonged to someone else.

“It’s a different person,” Smith told Lauer after watching a video that showed the gelatinous blob he used to be. “It’s not me anymore.”

‘Night and day’

The remarkable story of how Smith lost more than 400 pounds in just 26 months without gastric bypass surgery is the subject of a TLC documentary that premieres Sunday, July 12. It’s called “The 650-pound Virgin,” and it follows Smith’s journey from a suicidal and friendless loner who never left his house to a new life as an inspiration to everybody who has battled obesity.

The story’s not over. Smith, now 32, would not say directly if he is still a virgin, but he admitted that he is still fighting to get over his shyness around women and his fear of rejection.

“It’s like night and day. I’ve gone from being a laughingstock to having girls make googly eyes at me,” he said. But responding to those looks is still a challenge. “I still have to muster up the courage to talk to girls,” he said.

“Instead of being a dud, I want to be a stud,” he added.

Facing his fear

The remarkable transformation in Smith’s life began in 2003, when he was considering suicide. Somewhere deep down, he discovered that he still harbored a hope that he could transform himself. He decided to lose weight.

Smith rejected bypass surgery as too risky. He didn’t want to die on the operating table and have his obese remains mocked by the surgeons who had been trying to save his life.

The remaining alternative was to learn to eat properly and exercise the weight off. And, he decided, he would renounce his terror of being seen in public by making his journey the subject of a documentary.

“I decided that the best way to get over my fear was to destroy it … and the best way to be seen is on television,” he wrote. So he contacted KTVK, a local television station that had a feature hosted by fitness and nutrition guru Chris Powell. After some initial hesitation, Powell took Smith on.

Powell waited several weeks before contacting Smith. He had doubts about whether he could help, but the more he looked at the pictures Smith had sent, the more he felt he had to meet Smith.

“I couldn’t stop thinking about it,” Powell told Lauer. “I had no idea how the hell somebody was so large. I couldn’t stop thinking about him. It was curiosity.”

Baby steps to giant strides

Using a nutritional program and what he calls a transformational approach that he devised himself and now sells — the STAX System — Powell went to work. When they began, Smith couldn’t walk 500 feet and couldn’t fit in a car.

Powell told Lauer he alternated diet plans. Not wanting to tell Smith he couldn’t ever eat ice cream, pizza and the other calorie-laden foods he loved, Powell told his student he would diet strictly one day, then reward himself the next. “It was baby steps,” the trainer explained.

The baby steps became giant strides. The weight melted off — a phenomenal average of more than 15 pounds a month. By 2007, just 26 months after he decided to transform himself and his life, Smith had lost 410 pounds from a starting weight of 650.

The weight loss left behind great folds and bags of excess skin that had to be removed over the course of more than a year in a series of three operations. At last count, surgeons had removed some 30 pounds of excess skin, and, Smith said, he still needs one or two more operations.

Troubled childhood

In a biographical sketch Smith wrote, he says his problems began after his family moved to the Phoenix area when he was 7 and was sexually molested by his best friend. Unable to deal with the experience, he cut himself off from everyone and found solace in eating. A large child to begin with, he quickly became not just one of the tallest kids in his class, but also the fattest.

“I didn’t want to be hurt again,” he wrote. “I was full of shame.”

But his desire invited only more abuse. He became a target of bullies, who would gather gangs of kids to see if they could beat him up.

“I have been spit on; I have had dirt clots, rocks, bolts, basketballs, books, even feces among other things thrown at me,” he wrote. “I started to hate people. Nobody wanted to be my friend. I didn’t even want friends anymore, I just wanted to be left alone.”

The physical abuse ended in high school, but the emotional abuse continued. It got so bad, that Smith dropped out at the age of 17. He didn’t want to take it anymore.

And then he got hit with another emotional trauma. His mother, the only person he allowed himself to show any emotion to, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She fought the disease for five years, but in the end it took her life.

“It hit me hard,” he wrote. “The first month, I hardly ate anything, but after the first month I was an eating machine. I didn’t care about anything. I just wanted to get my fix and be left alone.”

That’s when he stopped leaving his family’s home, stopped interacting with others, and started to think of ways to end it all.

Fortunately, he made one giant effort to break out of his personal hell, and Powell responded. They’re best friends and roommates now, and fellow fitness trainers. Helping others to do the same thing he did is Smith’s way of paying back the gift he’s received.

Now, all that’s left is to meet a girl and have children who won’t grow up in the emotional desert he inhabited for most of his life.

Asked after the show when he thinks that could happen, he said, “I’m just putting the pieces together — and hopefully a girl will be one of the pieces.”

“The 650-pound Virgin” premieres Sunday, July 12, at 10 p.m. on TLC.

Pioli Zombie
07-10-2009, 07:08 PM
Claythan?????
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Count Zarth
07-10-2009, 07:09 PM
Claythan?????
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I think I would have killed myself if I had been 600 pounds. Either that or joined the circus.

Thig Lyfe
07-10-2009, 07:10 PM
He should get into male modeling.

Mr. Flopnuts
07-10-2009, 07:14 PM
Wow. The pictures of that dude with all that skin hanging off of him was mortifying.

DeezNutz
07-10-2009, 07:14 PM
He should get into male modeling.

:clap:

BigMeatballDave
07-10-2009, 07:19 PM
Wow. The pictures of that dude with all that skin hanging off of him was mortifying.Sure, but its way better than weighing 650 lbs.

BigMeatballDave
07-10-2009, 07:20 PM
He should get into male modeling.

:D

DaFace
07-10-2009, 07:21 PM
Impressive.

RJ
07-10-2009, 07:31 PM
I'll bet he would have gone to LA to hang out with Dane and Tiny.

Bwana
07-10-2009, 07:33 PM
He should get into male modeling.

LMAO

Crashride
07-10-2009, 07:34 PM
GREAT success story. Im into fitness and its great to see someone get sick of their lifestyle and do something about it. Thanks for the post.

BigRichard
07-10-2009, 07:35 PM
I have worked my ass off to lose 25 pounds the last 7 months. Can't imagine losing 400. I have to give the guy some props.

Count Zarth
07-10-2009, 08:33 PM
You know...the article says he won't say if he's still a virgin, but he's "roommates" and really "buddy-buddy" with the other personal trainer....

Gay?

DaFace
07-10-2009, 08:34 PM
You know...the article says he won't say if he's still a virgin, but he's "roommates" and really "buddy-buddy" with the other personal trainer....

Gay?

I wondered when I saw the video. They definitely seem to be very "close" friends.

Ari Chi3fs
07-10-2009, 08:51 PM
If GoChiefs and this guy can get laid... there is hope for anyone!!

Woo hoo!

BigMeatballDave
07-10-2009, 08:53 PM
His reality show is on Sunday. TLC.

unothadeal
07-10-2009, 09:14 PM
The camera adds about 350lbs

BigRock
07-10-2009, 09:57 PM
David Smith even hatched a plan to end it. He would get an inflatable swimming pool, and he would take it to a remote spot in the Arizona desert. He would fill it with gasoline, get in, and light a match. It would be a horrific and painful way to die, but that’s what Smith thought he deserved.

The line forms to the left, ladies.

unothadeal
07-10-2009, 10:02 PM
The line forms to the left, ladies.

ROFL

Sure-Oz
07-10-2009, 10:04 PM
Good for him, that's crazy they are roomies now

Thig Lyfe
07-10-2009, 11:36 PM
Good for him, that's crazy they are roomies now

Roomies should be in quotes...

TinyEvel
07-11-2009, 12:51 AM
The Venn diagram between this guy and LJ intersects in a microscopic sliver: "has tongue"

There is hope for you still, Clay!

crazycoffey
07-11-2009, 03:45 AM
LOL at the Goatboy jokes! Sorry, clay - but hey - it is what it is.
good for him to lose the weight (same for goatboy) but this is some funny stuff right here....

milkman
07-11-2009, 07:58 AM
Props to him, but he's no Jared.

Crush
07-11-2009, 08:07 AM
Props to him, but he's no Jared.


Yeah, but Jared got help from his aides.

milkman
07-11-2009, 08:41 AM
Yeah, but Jared got help from his aides.

I didn't know he was afflicted.

Pioli Zombie
07-11-2009, 09:28 AM
The things even if he lost all that weight he's still a 240 pound fat bastard.
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DaFace
07-11-2009, 09:30 AM
The things even if he lost all that weight he's still a 240 pound fat bastard.
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He doesn't look even close to something I'd call fat in the video.

Pioli Zombie
07-11-2009, 09:34 AM
"Look at me! I haven't seen my willie in 2 years. My neck looks like a vagina"
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Count Zarth
07-11-2009, 06:00 PM
The things even if he lost all that weight he's still a 240 pound fat bastard.
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He's probably 6-3, and the dude obviously lifts a lot.

BWillie
07-11-2009, 07:21 PM
The things even if he lost all that weight he's still a 240 pound fat bastard.
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From the video he doesn't look 240 even. I bet he's tall. I'd wonder what he looks like now for the before and after.

Groves
07-11-2009, 11:44 PM
He's probably 6-3, and the dude obviously lifts a lot.

He was squatting 600+ just a little while ago.

Ultra Peanut
07-12-2009, 03:01 AM
The line forms to the left, ladies.That's kinda hot.

Count Zarth
06-08-2012, 07:32 AM
This is really sad. He gained most of it back.

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'The way I'm going, I'm not going to live for too much longer': Why TV's 650lb Virgin - who lost 400lbs and found love - is morbidly obese once more

As the star of 2009 TLC show The 650lb Virgin, David Smith's transformation to handsome personal trainer - with a doting girlfriend - made headlines.

But in a sad turn of events, the 35-year-old, from Phoenix, Arizona revealed today that he is once again morbidly obese, having re-gained over 250 of the 400lbs he lost.

In an interview this morning, he admitted that by putting on weight at this rate, his life was at risk.

He told the Today show: 'I've gained more than 250lbs in two years, and with all that extra weight so quickly added to my body, I don't know how I'm still living right now... The way I'm going, I'm not going to live for too much longer.'

He added that he could already feel his health deteriorating.

'You know when your body's making a turn for the worse,' he said. 'I felt it before when I was 650lbs, and I'm feeling it again at 500.'

David revealed that his slide back into an unhealthy lifestyle was because he could not come to terms with this newly-slim self, and though he had been outwardly thriving, he was struggling within.

'I wasn't doing too well. I looked really good on the outside, but inside I was a terrible mess,' he said.

'All my life I was this monster in my head and all of a sudden, to be this good looking guy, it blew my mind away. I didn't know how to deal with it.'

He was also troubled by the multiple surgeries that had failed to entirely remove the excess skin on his body, leaving him scarred and disappointed with his appearance.

David turned to alcohol and drugs for a brief time, but eventually found solace in food, the old demon that had caused his weight to spiral out of control the first time.

'I'd eat in my car before I'd get home, or if everybody was out I'd eat something really quick then throw it away before they'd come home,' he admitted.

'It was tough. A lot of people were counting on me to be inspiring, and I didn't want to let anybody down, but I just felt so bad. I didn't know how to cope.'

The side-effects of his ballooning weight were multiple. Embarrassed by his failure to keep in shape, David became withdrawn. He lost his job, and his friendship with his own trainer suffered. Terrified that he would also lose girlfriend Megan, he admitted that he even contemplated suicide.

Breaking down as he spoke of his girlfriend, he said: 'Her support means the world to me. I love her so much, and I know I put her through a lot. She's stayed by my side through everything.'

But Megan insists she is going nowhere, and has even inspired her boyfriend to start hitting the gym once more to try and lose the weight.

She told the show: 'He's really finally ready for it this time, of course I'm going to be there. This is the moment I've been waiting for since he started gaining. For him to really want to be healthy again.'

David, under no illusions about the challenge ahead, agrees that the time is right to start again.

'As much as you've worked on the outside, you have to work on the inside,' he explained. 'And if your foundation isn't built up, you're just going to crumble down. And unfortunately I fell down, but I know I can climb back up.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2155472/The-way-Im-going-Im-going-live-longer-Why-TVs-650lb-Virgin--lost-400lbs-love--morbidly-obese-more.html#ixzz1xCxn2YIw

the Talking Can
06-08-2012, 07:43 AM
his face is larger than my ass

Iowanian
06-08-2012, 07:43 AM
I still think he should have kept the extra skin and used it as a flying squirrel suit.

He'd be able to leap off of a tall building in a single bound...and fly to the ground.

Thig Lyfe
06-08-2012, 08:12 AM
Yo, but did he get his dick wet????

Canofbier
06-08-2012, 08:33 AM
I liked this thread until I saw that it was from 2009, and feared the worst for a bump. It's too damn bad on his part that this happened, but I can relate.

I lost over 100 lbs about four years ago, and although I was skinny, I never thought it of myself (you don't lose so much weight and look like you never had it, unfortunately). It hasn't been until the last year or so that I've gained the confidence in myself that I should have had all along, and that was after putting 30 or so lbs back on. I'm still in reasonably good shape (and look it, too), but I'm hoping to lose most of that weight again, preferably for good this time. It's less important to me now, though, since I'm already healthy.

The big problem with this kind of weight loss is expecting too much out of your results. When the pounds really start coming off, you imagine what you'll look like when it's all finished - lean and muscular, etc. It's a motivation. When that ideal turns out not to be reality, it's disappointing, and really leaches away your willpower.