Over the past five years, addicts have exposed their dependencies to shopping, food, sex, pills, gambling, rage, alcohol, heroin and more on A&E's gripping series Intervention. Each week, millions tune in to see the life-and-death situations these addicts find themselves in and watch as the people who love them tackle the issues head-on. Each episode ends with a dramatic, last-chance confrontation—supervised by an interventionist—and the chance to go to a free, inpatient treatment facility for 90 days.
Since its premiere, Intervention has become more than a hit TV show. Producers say 77 percent of people they've confronted on camera are clean today.
Josh, a 24-year-old morbidly obese man, says he was eating himself to death before he appeared on Intervention. "Eating is something that everybody does, and yet, I do it where it makes my life completely miserable," he said.
Morbid obesity is defined as being 100 pounds overweight. When A&E's cameras arrived at his home, Josh weighed 547 pounds—that's 360 pounds heavier than his ideal weight. "I can't believe that I let myself get to this point," Josh said.
While the average adult usually eats about 2,000 calories a day, Josh said he used to consume 5,000 to 8,000 calories every day. "People say: 'Why can't you just not eat it? Why can't you just put it down?'" he said. "I don't know how to."