"I just love to eat," he said. "I realize it is an addiction and a disease.".
For 80 days, he was enrolled in the hospital’s weight-loss program and managed to lose 20 pounds.
He felt he deserved a reward for his hard work and ordered a pizza, he explained. But it was a violation of the hospital’s care plan and Assanti was asked to leave.
A Rhode Island Hospital spokeswoman confirmed Assanti was discharged, but would not comment further, citing confidentiality laws.
Assanti is now in Kent County Hospital for a short term stay. In order to get around he is lifted into his father’s SUV and says in the back of the vehicle.
He has taken to Facebook to thank his supporters and even those who did not have kind words about him, saying they have given him “thicker skin.”
Thank you nbc 10 news and to all my supports and my haters you give me a thicker skinPosted by John Assanti on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
While he is looking for redemption, Assanti told ABC6.com: “I do want to lose weight, and it's a wake-up call now and I just need some help.”