800-Pound Man Says He Was Booted From Hospital For Ordering Pizza

"It's an addiction and I realize that."

A nearly 800-pound man undergoing in-patient treatment for his obesity says a hospital kicked him out for ordering a pizza.

Steven Assanti, 33, had been staying at Rhode Island Hospital for 80 days, in which he lost 20 pounds, NBC 10 reports. But after he violated his diet, the hospital asked him to leave, he told the station.

"It's an addiction and I realize that, and it's a disease," he said in the news segment above.

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed to ABC in Boston that Assanti had been discharged but could not comment further.

Assanti temporarily took refuge in the trunk of his father's SUV but was admitted into Kent County Hospital on Tuesday, NBC 10 noted. His father said he needed to be monitored or risk gaining even more weight.

According to CBS in Boston, a social worker was trying to arrange for Assanti to stay through the weekend. His father said they were also considering an apartment complex in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

According to a study published in 2013, more than 15 million Americans are considered morbidly obese.

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