Gripping New Book Tells True Story of 500-Pound Man’s Fight to Lose 300-Pounds and His Struggle with Fad Diets, Weight Loss Plans and Obesity

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"Who Is This Guy: The Story of a 500 Pound Man, His Disease, and the Doctor Who Helped Him", has just been released to rave reviews from mainstream readers and the healthcare community. Nick Mirrione and his surgeon, R. Armour Forse, MD, PhD., chronicle Nick’s personal journey with failing many fad diets and legitimate weight loss plans, to finally losing 300 pounds.

“This is a very quick read, like a gripping work of fiction where I couldn't put it down until I knew who Nick was, or would become. Each subsequent chapter pulled me in deeper.

In the new book, "Who Is This Guy? The Story of a 500 Pound Man, His Disease, and the Doctor Who Helped Him" (HealthStruck Books, February 2016), Nick Mirrione candidly shares his true story of reaching 500 pounds at 40 years old and realizing he needed to seek drastic measures or die. He then met Obesity Disease expert and leading Bariatric Surgeon, R. Armor Forse, MD, PhD, who conducted his gastric bypass procedure. They co-authored this book chronicling their journey together, as well as Nick's life-long struggles with his weight, trying many weight loss plans and dangerous diets, and his emotional struggle with obesity disease.

“This isn't just a weight loss success story; it's so much more than that. In the book, I share the physical, emotional and psychological path to my success. The knowledge I have gained on this journey has been invaluable," says Nick Mirrione, the Author and patient. "For the thirteen years following my 'wake-up call' to take action or die, until actually meeting Dr. Forse to begin planning for the bariatric surgery, my life was filled with frustration, humiliation, stress and depression and I put my family and friends through hell for years. My story clearly shows how Dr. Forse helped me lose 300 pounds and keep it off for sixteen years. Like any addiction, it is still a battle to be fought on many different levels and it never goes away, but when I finally conceded and took Dr. Forse's advice to pursue my ‘underlying issues’, it became a big piece of the puzzle that enabled me to understand the whole package which was a very important part of my success. The journey led me to finally ask myself, ‘Who is this guy?’”.

Nick and Dr. Forse not only co-authored "Who is This Guy?" to tell Nick’s story, but also to educate people that obesity is truly a disease and needs to be treated as such.

Readers are finding the story to be inspiring, motivating and encouraging. And although it was mainly written for the general public, the book is receiving extremely positive reviews from members of the healthcare community, too.

“This is a very quick read, like a gripping work of fiction where I couldn't put it down until I knew who Nick was, or would become. Each subsequent chapter pulled me in deeper. I found myself wanting a diagnosis for Nick. He so generously allows the reader in, allows us to gain insight and empathy into his life, the complex life of a person living with obesity. Even without a diagnosis of obesity or addictive personality, readers will gain something personally from this story,” said Ms. Lenore Herget, PT, DPT, SCS, M.Ed, CSCS, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Aside from Nick’s personal reasons for writing the book, his co-author, Dr. Forse also had his own personal and professional reasons for wanting to be involved in writing "Who Is This Guy?".

“It is estimated that over one third of the population of the United States is now obese. Indeed, the epidemic is a global one, with more deaths worldwide now linked to obesity than linked to malnutrition and starvation," shares Dr. Forse. "According to the World Health Organization, over 1.4 billion adults are overweight with over 200 million men and 300 million women classified as obese. The solving of the world’s obesity problem cannot come about by treating the world’s half a billion obese people. It can only come about by treating, in half a billion instances, one person at a time. Each person is unique and each person must come to the terms that Nick was forced to come to. If you, or a loved one, are struggling with obesity, I would suggest that Nick’s example might prove extremely enlightening to you.”

Nick now spends quite a bit of his time encouraging, supporting, coaching, and educating others who struggle with weight, and other life challenges, through his public speaking and social media networks. People follow him on Twitter @NickMirrione and get valuable information from his blog at

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