Now he rides in the back of an SUV while his father drives the roads of Rhode Island, looking for someone who can help.
Steven Assanti, 33, said his eating addiction has led him to this place, living in the back of his dad’s SUV with nowhere else to go.
For the past 80 days, Assanti was getting the help he needed in a Rhode Island hospital where he lost 20 pounds. But ordering pizza violated the care plan, and the hospital told him he had to leave.
“I was supposed to stay and lose all my weight, and get down to 550, to get the gastric bypass,” he said. “That was their plan.”
A spokesperson for Rhode Island Hospital said they can’t speak about Assanti or any of their patients’ treatment.
Assanti’s father says taking his son home will be a death sentence, because he’ll just fall back into the habits of lying in bed and eating. So the two men say they will continue to drive around until they can find a place to help.