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Obese California man's tearful plea becomes YouTube sensation, draws interest of 'Dr. Phil'

03/06/2012 03:58 EST | Updated 05/06/2012 05:12 EDT
LIVERMORE, Calif. - A morbidly obese California man whose tearful, videotaped plea for help became a YouTube sensation may be getting the support he wanted.

The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/yPXv1e ) that the "Dr. Phil" show and former contestants from "The Biggest Loser" have reached out to 23-year-old Robert Gibbs of Livermore since he posted his three-minute video last week.

Gibbs mentioned both programs in his clip, which has been viewed more than a million times and inspired more than four dozen recorded responses from viewers offering diet tips and encouragement.

He estimates his weight to be between 600 and 700 pounds. On the video, which he made the day before his birthday last Friday, Gibbs says he fears he won't live long enough to see his nephew and niece grow up or to have a family of his own.

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