The 38-year-old is extremely obese and weighs close to 700 pounds. He said that food has been a family affair.
“It’s just the way I was taught to cope with things by eating,” said Widmark.
Widmark said that he was a bully in middle school, but dropped out of high school when bullies targeted him.
“As the years went by, I started losing friends, which made me have a lot more time to myself,” Widmark said. “Then my friends are getting married having kids and here’s me — a big failure at life.”
In turn, Widmark said he turned to food for comfort. As he packed on the pounds, Widmark said he became more ashamed to look at himself in the mirror.
Hitting Rock Bottom
“When you hate yourself so much, you wish to die — it’s not just getting out of bed,” Widmark said.
Widmark continued to struggle with his weight and then depression before he hit rock bottom.
“I got a gun, loaded it. I went down to the river, down in Richmond and sat in a position where once I pulled the trigger, I would fall in the river. Hopefully, nobody would ever find me again,” said Widmark.
But Widmark’s attempted suicide failed. And now he is going through a life-changing experience with yoga.
It’s helped him enjoy a healthy diet, a better self-image and hobbies like editing home movies.
And Widmark said that it is not so much about how much weight he loses. Instead, it is about being healthy.
“I feel amazing for doing it. And I hope that everybody does yoga,” Widmark said.
Widmark said that he has been diagnosed with diabetes. However, after changing his diet, Widmark said he is no longer a diabetic. Continue reading >>