The MTV show Truelife “I’m uncomfortable with my new body” has inspired so many young people it makes me so happy. All I want from telling my story on all these shows is to help make life a bit easier for a different or awkward kid growing up. We live in a world that puts beauty and normality on levels unreachable and makes idolized-beauty and positive self-esteem unattainable. At 15 I produced and recorded an award winning radio documentary for NPR called “My Struggle with Obesity.” Since then I have been on many television shows (Tyra Banks, Food Network [a first for this network], PBS, etc.) they where all amazing and seemed to have impacted an older audience of adults. For the first time it seems this MTV documentary managed to get into the lives of so many young kids and introduce them to topics beyond the world of Pop Culture and People Magazine. So many KIDS, have emailed me or even stopped me on the street to commend me and encourage me to go forward with my plastic surgery. I’m talking about skateboarders, jump-ropers, bubble-gum poppers, all the little monsters that threw things at me or made fun of me when I was obese, calling me names like “Fat Albert or Barney the Dinosaur” are now nice to me. These kids now hug me and scream “your so inspirational dude!” I cried the first couple of times wishing these same kids grew up with me instead of the monsters that made my life a living hell, teasing me and making fun of me almost everyday. That’s why I am still speaking at schools across New York about childhood obesity, teasing, health, radio production and of course being on television. I am so glad young people are getting a glimpse into what it means to be different and struggle with body image. I really think this show is helping to create a more comfortable environment at schools and in playgrounds. Because these kids now think the fat kid or the different kid is cool!
Lastly the MTV show was amazing. I felt really comfortable with the producers Elyse, Kelley, Mark and Brian. When being filming and interviewed I always feel like I’m making a friend and finding someone who really cares. It breaks my heart when the show ends, because they are gone. Now 23, I understand how that works. The show was still a blast and it felt like a big therapy session to spill my guts out. Finally, here is the MTV show (Link below) it was about me losing over 380 pounds with the help of the Lap Band Surgery and exercise. It focused on my excess skin after massive weight-loss. I still haven’t had the two operations needed to remove all the excess skin. I am planning to have it this summer. Please be nice and don’t say hurtful things. A lot of people are facing post weight loss issues and this is something I am still going through.