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A morbidly obese amputee who weighs more than 600lbs has recalled how his favorite aunt used to constantly feed him whatever he wanted as a child — a habit which later caused him to turn to food for comfort whenever he was suffering.
James 'L.B.' Bonner, from Lexington, South Carolina, tipped the scales at 150lbs when he was eight years old. When his Aunt Dora died of cancer right before his ninth birthday, he was crushed and started relying on food as a coping mechanism.
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His weight continued to spiral out of control after his leg was amputated following an ATV accident at age 25. Four years later, L.B. opted to document his weight loss journey on the TLC series My 600lb Life.
In a preview clip for Wednesday night's episode of the show, L.B. explains how his Aunt Dora used to dote on him when he was a child because he was the only boy in the family.
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'I was adopted as a newborn because, after having three girls, my parents decided to adopt a boy, and so they got me,' he says.
'Since I was the only boy in our whole family, I was the one who was going to continue the Bonner name, so it was like everyone was raising, including my aunt.'
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In her testimonial, L.B.'s mother recalls how she and her husband had always wanted a son, noting that they 'felt so blessed to be his parents.'
'Everybody wants to have a son, especially me,' L.B.'s father Buddy tells the camera. 'That's all I dreamed of: having a boy, giving him my name, letting him carry on my life.'
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Buddy explains that his entire family wanted to share in L.B.'s adoption. L.B. spent so much time with his Aunt Dora and Uncle Sam, he considered them second parents, calling them...
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