- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 8, 2015

An 800-pound Rhode Island man said he’s now homeless after being kicked out of a hospital weight-loss program for ordering pizza.

Steven Assanti, 33, said his addiction to food has led to him living in the back of his father’s SUV, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

Mr. Assanti had been enrolled for 80 days at Rhode Island Hospital and had lost 20 pounds before it all came crashing to a halt over a pizza order. He said the hospital expelled him from the program for violating its care plan.

“I was supposed to stay and lose all my weight, and get down to 550, to get the gastric bypass,” he told NBC. “That was their plan.”

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that Mr. Assanti was discharged, but she couldn’t comment further due to confidentiality laws, The Associated Press reported.



His father, Steven Veillette, said social workers are trying to arrange for his son to stay at Kent Hospital through the weekend. He said they’re considering moving his son to a Massachusetts apartment complex, AP reported.

“He needs to be monitored, because if he’s on his own like he was in Fall River, he’s going to just blow up because he’s uncontrollable when he’s by himself cause he’s lonely,” Mr. Veillette said.

Following a wave of media attention, Mr. Assanti took to his Facebook page to thank his supporters, the Daily Mail reported.

In a video posted online Tuesday, he said: “Hopefully, in the near future there will be a positive follow-up with my weight loss.

“I would like to thank all my supporters as well on my Facebook page and also to all the negative comments that give me a thicker skin.”

Mr. Veillette said producers from a television medical show called his son Wednesday to talk to him.

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