Drew Stewart hasn’t weighed himself in 10 years.
He wears a size 18X T-shirt and can barely walk. But despite this, he’s determined to remain mobile – all so he can look after his ailing mother.
The 43-year-old appears in the new TLC series Family By the Ton and hopes to be a candidate for weight loss surgery.
‘I just hope I weigh under 700lbs. I’m not happy with my weight that I am at now,’ he says in a preview clip.
‘Sometimes I feel like I am in a fat suit, like I got a fat suit on, it’s zipped up, and I just want to take it off and get back down to my size,’ he says sadly.
‘Even though it hurts me to walk, I still have to do it,’ he explains. ‘It’s not even an option for me to be not mobile because people depend on me.’
Drew lives with his mother and is her primary carer. Even with his his increasing size he refuses to have her be put in a nursing home.
‘I want to take care of her. I’m not going to put her in a nursing home and throw her away, but I’m afraid I haven’t done a good job taking care of myself,’ he admits.
Drew says he had a normal childhood full of physical activity. He rode bikes, swam, and played basketball.
‘In my later years of high school, I was an athlete,’ he says. ‘I worked out and I played football.
‘After practice, I would go home and run a full-court basketball game, so I didn’t realize what I was eating and things like that because I would just burn that off, just from physical activity.’
Drew believes his weight problems began after he moved to Atlanta to care for his mom after she got sick.
‘I was already wearing 6X and then the next thing I know it was 8X then it was 10X, so [my weight] just gradually went up and just didn’t realize it,’ he admits.
TLC cameras followed Drew to the doctor’s office, where he learns he weighs too much for the scale to register.
‘When the scale says stop, I was disappointed,’ he admits. ‘If his scale can’t weigh me, what exactly could he do for me?’
A nurse explains that the maximum amount of weight for the scale is 550lbs, so she can confirm that he weighs more than that.
‘I can’t believe after all of this I still don’t know how much I weigh,’ he says.
You can follow Drew’s journey on Family Ton – find your TV listings here