This kid is suffering from depression...his "weight" issue
is only a symptom of his mental struggles. (From what I've read)
Really...his eating/weight should not be what we're discussing because....
I was 5-10 - 258 - in 7th grade - in 1972. (LOL)
My Dad used to say "everything is relative".
What is a perceived problem for one person, isn't for another.
I'm 56 now. I recently went to the doctor for my yearly check-up.
Let's just say that I weigh north of 300 pounds (way north) and have for 40 years.
My blood pressure is perfect. My cholesterol is perfect.
I have no issues with diabetes or, really, anything.
I eat less than just about anyone I have ever known.
I can walk up to 10 miles a day.
I'm just one really large person and have always been this way.
My doctor has ZERO concern about by weight because
I am healthy in all other ways - including my heart.
When I got into the adult world where employers only cared about results-
not my waist size - the "pressure" to be thin went away. I haven't been
called a "name" or felt compelled to be "thin" for decades. I'm happy and healthy
despite my size...and successful in my line of work.
In the world of football - 258 is midland. That's why
Joey is dealing with "mental" issues - not weight issues.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel. It is just a very long tunnel.”
The above quote is Joey's. Here's the bottom-line: Joey may very well
"get well" - and STILL weigh 258, or, even, 308. His issue is
how he "sees" himself and he's beating himself up.
Joey - you're PERFECT just the way you are because God doesn't make junk.
Here's to your happiness - through self-acceptance.