The weight loss journey of a 707 lb teenager

Edduin Carvajal
May 23, 2018
07:46 A.M.
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Jacob Miller’s parents knew that their son had a severe weight problem since the moment he was born.


Even though he was five weeks premature, he weighed more than common babies. When Miller turned 1, he was 52 pounds, which is 2 times heavier than what a normal 1-year-old child should weigh.

Years passed by and he kept getting bigger and heavier. By the time Miller was 15 years old, he was 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 707 pounds. At that point, doctors found that he suffered from diabetes, heart disease, cellulitis in his legs, and fatty liver disease.

Apart from having poor health, his mental condition was also affected as he started dealing with depression due to the bullying he got at school. It was so severe that he was forced to study in a different one.


Knowing that they had to do something drastic and quickly, their family sought treatment at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which recorded all the process and published it on its YouTube channel in 2015.

At that point, doctors failed to identify the root of Miller's weight problem. As a way to buy him some time, they decided that performing a laparoscopic gastric bypass was the best option.


After the procedure, Miller's stomach ended up being about the size of an egg. The surgery would have been a waste of time if he hadn’t changed his lifestyle, so he started following a proper diet and exercise routine.

Even before the operation and thanks to a restrictive diet, Miller lost 77 pounds. One month after the surgery, he got rid of more than 100 pounds. Six months later, he started wearing 5X size shirt (10X before the surgery) and 3X size pants (5X before the surgery).

Since losing weight is not an easy task, he has gone through times when the balance wouldn’t move at all. Thankfully, his diabetes and sleep apnea problems were controlled.

Miller's journey is not done yet and with the help of his parents and friends, he will be able to be as healthy as possible.