LIFE

Disgusted Stranger Yells At An Obese Man On A Plane, Then He Realizes It’s Time To Make A Change

by Anna Halkidis
Anna is a native New Yorker who loves concerts, travel, good coffee, and her Jack Russell terrier, Charlie. She’s a multimedia journalist who earned her master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Her true passion for telling stories keeps her inspired.

In 2010, a doctor gave Eric O’Grey a devastating prognosis: He’d probably be dead in about five years if he continued on with his lifestyle.

He had reached a weight of 340 lbs. with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as type 2 diabetes. Although he was taking medication to control his health issues, it wouldn’t be enough to keep him alive.

“I just felt really uncomfortable around other people,” he says in the video by Mutual Rescue, the Humane Society Silicon Valley’s national animal welfare initiative. “I became separated from society and I just stopped living.”

But O’Grey decided to put his foot down and make a change after a stranger ridiculed him for his weight on a flight. Yet, he had no idea that his savior wouldn’t just come from a new nutrition plan, but man’s best friend.

A nutritionist encouraged O’Grey to adopt a dog, telling him that it would make his transition to a new lifestyle easier. He took her advice and adopted a canine with characteristics that matched his own: obese and middle-aged.

But Peety the pooch wasn’t the only one who was saved that day, as you’ll quickly understand in Mutual Rescue‘s powerful clip below. Like the dog who gave her handicap owner hope, Peety helped O’Grey lose weight. He ultimately changed his world forever.

“Thanks to Peety, I wake up every day wanting to be the best person that I can possibly be. He completely transformed me into a different person,” O’Grey says.

Mutual Rescue, which is also launching a series to emphasize how animals and people can impact each other’s lives, is sending a big message with O’Grey and Peety’s story.

Please SHARE to encourage everyone to support their local animal shelters in order to allow more incredible bonds like these to form!

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