Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Half ton Son

 Mum killing her half ton son

Half ton son ... Billy Robbins holds World's Heaviest Teen title
Half ton son ... Billy Robbins holds World's Heaviest Teen title

DESPERATE Billy Robbins holds the unenviable title of the World's Heaviest Teenager – after topping 60 STONE.

His life-threatening weight — half a ton — follows years of overfeeding by his misguided mother, Barbara.

Billy, 19, was housebound for three years before doctors told Barbara she was literally killing him with love.

Warned he had just a few years to live, Billy embarked on a drastic weight-loss plan. His battle is revealed in a shocking new Channel 4 documentary, Half Ton Son.

Describing his plight — and her role in it — Barbara says: "Billy was unable to take a shower because it was too small for him to fit in.

"Even if he could, I would have to bath him because he had such an overhang around his stomach. I had to lift and clean it, and it was extremely heavy.

Feeding addiction ... Billy's mum Barbara
Feeding addiction ... Billy's mum Barbara

"Billy did very little for himself. He went to the toilet and was able to wipe himself, but his daily routine was in his bedroom, his life was in there. I did everything for him because he is my baby."

Unable to move even a few steps by himself, Billy, who lives in Houston, Texas, was a prisoner in his room.

He spent his days watching TV and playing video games as Barbara waited on him hand and foot.

So great was his mum's devotion that she too rarely left their home, going out only to stock up on huge amounts of food to satisfy her son's 8,000 calorie-a-day appetite, almost four times what most men eat.

Barbara says: "He loves hamburgers, pizza, cola, chips, donuts. He likes good food too though, like broccoli . . . with cheese on top, of course."

Other favourites included McDonald's, with a typical lunch for Billy consisting of two Big Macs, a large fries and large cola.

Amazingly, Billy's father, Bill, reckons his son's problems with food began because he was a picky eater.

Billy Snr says: "He never picked up good eating habits. Barbara and I eat vegetables but Junior never really liked them.

?He is a real picky eater. Barbara used to tell him to eat them but he would throw a fit.

"I go to work in the day so it is easy for me not to have to deal with it. I feel guilty about not being the best dad and not spending enough time with him."

At school, Billy was teased so mercilessly about his size that he refused to go in his final year. He was home-schooled instead.

Billy says: "I wish I could get out of my body, it is like a prison. The weight ends up destroying you. It takes your life away.

"There is a lot I've missed out on because of my weight – going out with friends, to movies or to eat, going on dates or to parties.

"I guess my mother would be my best friend, she pretty much takes care of me."

The teen finally sought help to end his destructive cycle last year after doctors delivered their life-or-death warning.

Billy was put under the care of top obesity specialist Dr Younan Nowzaradan at Houston's Renaissance Hospital.

Following an initial examination, Dr Nowzaradan said: "He has pushed his weight to the limit, he's over-driving his heart. I don't think Billy has the potential to make it past his early twenties."

The doctor told Billy his only hope was gastric by-pass surgery, which would shrink his stomach so he could eat only tiny amounts.

Desperate to escape his death sentence, he agreed.

But surgeons said Billy was too big for them to operate, so he was put on a 1,200 calorie-a-day diet in hospital.

After losing two and a half stone, he underwent the first part of the three-stage op.

Last hope ... Billy Robbins in hospital before stomach operation
Last hope ... Billy Robbins in hospital before stomach operation

A single piece of flesh weighing five stone was cut from his stomach — a record amount at the hospital.

Billy then spent three months in recovery, during which medics continued his low-calorie diet and forced him to do gentle exercise.

After three months, he had lost a total of 20 STONE and was told he could undergo the next op, when a sleeve was fitted around his stomach.

A month later Billy left hospital weighing just over 25 stone less than when he arrived.

But doctors believed he wasn't the only member of the family who needed treatment.

Barbara was also offered counselling in a bid to stop her encouraging her son's destructive eating.

Psychologists told her she was trapped in an unhealthy relationship with Billy, slowly killing him with kindness to fulfil her own emotional needs.

This, they believed, was the root of his problems.

A key breakthrough came when Barbara revealed she had another child, Matthew, who died of an inoperable brain tumour aged just 19 months.

Big day ... nurse with Billy before surgery
Big day ... nurse with Billy before surgery

She admitted: "I over-compensated after losing Matthew, my first child. It was hard saying no to Billy when he wanted something to eat.

?Maybe it is an addiction, maybe I'm addicted to my child. I'm wondering when I will stop — when I die?

?Or I get crippled or down in my health so I can't look after him any more?

?It breaks my heart that for Billy to reach his goals, to be anything, to accomplish, to survive, it may mean my death. The guilt I have, sometimes it almost destroys me."

Faced with Barbara's problems, doctors knew the real challenge would begin when Billy returned home.

Back in the house with his mother, Billy found himself struggling to break the old habits that had caused so much heartache.

Once again he began demanding that Barbara wait on him.

He resisted her attempts to help him exercise and in one harrowing scene from the documentary she tries to force him to get out of bed, screaming: "I am not going to bury another child, do you want to die?"

"Sometimes, yes," is his whispered reply.

Off menu ... old diet of burgers and chips
Off menu ... old diet of burgers and chips

After his final op, to tighten the band in his stomach, doctors decide Billy must move into a rehab clinic.

Billy says: "I am very scared of moving out on my own. But I accept I am going to have to move out eventually, I feel like I am slowly killing my mom.

"I have to get through this, and get better and get on with my life, so I can make it easy for my mum."

Billy now weighs 30 stone — half of his original weight. Barbara is also attempting to carve out some independence for herself and has taken a job driving a school bus.

She remains optimistic about her son's future and says: "A year from now I would love to see him in college, three years from now I would love to see him with someone, maybe get married, have a good job, an education, be able to take care of himself.

"I have always told him since he was little, 'Nothing is impossible, you can be president of the United States if you want'."

But for the time being, the biggest challenge Billy faces is keeping off enough weight to stay alive.


  1. Sad that you had to straight up plagarize from real journalists

  2. This is such a sad story. Both parents should have been charged with child abuse, allowing this child to become morbidly obese. Therapy should have been ordered by the courts, and if the child didn't lose weight, removed from the home.
    Both parents are also very overweight, so they obviously don't eat healthy.
    I hope this family gets the helps it desperately needs.
    Schools, doctors, and possibly the general public should be required to report extreme obesity of any child to the authorities. This is just another form of child abuse.

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