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Chris Powell Faces His Toughest 'Extreme Makeover' Challenge Ever in Wally (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 12th 2011 3:35AM
Wally, 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition'Chris Powell had his hands full with this week's lucky participant in 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' (Mon., 10PM ET on ABC). More than anyone we've seen before, Wally is deep into an addiction to food, and it proved more than Powell could handle.

During the first three months, Wally was doing fine and even hit his three-month goal. But that's because Powell was living with him, motivating him to work out and, more importantly, keeping him out of those drive-thrus.

Wally's level of addiction to food is as bad as any drug addict or alcoholic. He lies to friends and loved ones, sneaks money to buy food and has even spiraled into despair. Powell tried to do what he could to help Wally find his inner drive and will to succeed and change, but it was just setback after setback.

At the six-month mark, Powell had promised Wally a 100-mile bike ride, which was something Wally had been wanting to do for a long time. Because Wally didn't meet his weight-loss goal, though, he had to take on the trek at a much larger size than Powell had intended.

As a result of this and the high temperatures, Wally didn't even finish half of the ride before heat exhaustion ended that particular journey. And by the end of the year, when we're usually celebrating these people's victories and marveling at their physical transformation, Wally's weight was on the way back up and Powell was helping him check into a facility to help him battle his addiction.

It's a sobering reminder of just how serious food addiction can be, and how hard it is for some people to make the changes in their lives needed to be healthier and lose weight. Wally couldn't do it even with this show helping. He was only able to succeed with 24/7 supervision in those first three months.

It's going to be a long journey to success for Wally, but we hope he can achieve it. We have no idea if 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' will be back for another season or not, but we hope Powell can find a way to share Wally's journey with us. We just know he's going to be keeping in touch with him.

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Addiction is a terrible thing no matter what the case may be. Food, Alcohol or drugs. The most difficult part has to be one's self control in order to get past those cravings. Wally needs more than just support from his family and friends, he needs medical assistance in order to deal with his issues. Once he battles that I'm sure he'll be able to push forward to obtain his goals.

July 12 2011 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OK....the guy has a problem. HOWEVER...what IDIOT puts this guy on a bike....going uphill....in high temps like that....at that point in the guy's program????!!!!! That was a recipe for disaster if not death if there ever was one!!! Whether or not this guy's addiction kept him cheating or whatever...the "exercise" portion of his routine should be tempered to help him...not try to kill him!!! Bike? YES!!!!!!!! Inside in controlled conditions until his weight is down a little. WHAT IDIOTS!!!!!

July 12 2011 at 10:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to cometothetable's comment

I happen to agree with you comet..Anyone carrying that much extra weight should not be pushed to such extreme limits..I thought it was a high risk pushing him up 103 stories in the Sears Tower in Chicago. Even the healthiest individuals would have a problem with that one and he did this at 380 lbs. I certainly hope Wally gets the help and encouragement he needs to successfully gain control of his life.

July 12 2011 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tragedy. This is a life threatening addiction.

July 12 2011 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He lost so much weight and foolishly gained it all back. He has help....to lose weight... more that he really deserved.
He could have been a role model for good .... not a warning sign that this could happend to you. But alas I can't totally blame him. He needed support at home and maybe his wife was not enough. If his family brought in tempting foods that he couldn't eat when they came to visit .... that was very wrong.

July 12 2011 at 8:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Riverside's comment

check these people in a year.nobody who has a job or family can workout 8 hrs a day! they wil almost all gain back and then some.
omeone that big needs surgery,but this guy needs a shrink first! he is self medicating with food. people feel sorry for drunks and druggies but nobody feels sorry for food addicts!

July 12 2011 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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