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Steven Assanti – Know the Story of an 800 Pound Man from Rhode Island

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Steven Assanti is a reality TV personality who came to the limelight because of his body weight. Yes, you read that right. Steven weighed over 700 pounds when he filmed for TLC’s My 600-lb Life in 2017. He has lost some weight since then, but he still weighs much more than average.

Steven received wide attention, he was in the series because of his love life. During that time, he reportedly fell in love with a woman named Stephanie Sanger. While many of the viewers suspected it was just a publicity stunt, some people say that Steven and Stephanie were indeed in love. What is the truth? Are they married?

Let’s find out all things about Steven Assanti’s life including his romance, marriage and more.

Steven Assanti was born and raised in Rhode Island

He was born Steven John Assanti on December 2, 1981 in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island. He is 40 years old as of 2022. Steven grew up in his hometown of Providence before moving to Texas. Speaking of his parents, his father is Steven Veilette while his mother’s name has not yet been revealed.

Steven has a younger brother, Justin Assanti who also appeared on My 600lb life. According to Assanti, he and his brother had a difficult childhood because of their mother’s alcohol addiction. Assanti also said he and his brother were also abused by their mother. In his own words,

“My childhood was not good to say the least. My mom was an alcoholic and my parents’ relationship was pretty rocky. That’s why me and my brother Justin endured a lot of abuse. It was arguing and fighting all the time.”

Furthermore, Assanti also revealed that their father left their mother because of her drinking habit. At the time of his departure, Steven was 11 and his brother Justin was 5 years old.

Steven was foody from childhood

Steven wasn’t as fat in his childhood as he is now, but he was always eating. He ate all the food that was around him. His brother Justin said that Steven was very greedy as a child. He added,

“Every time there was food around, he would gobble it up before I could eat it.”

Given that his mother was an alcoholic, she did not take good care of him and his brother, leading Steven and Justin to develop bad eating habits. And it eventually led to them becoming obese in childhood.

Steven Assanti appeared on TLC’s’My 600 Pound Life’

Steven hit the media after making his appearance on the TLC show’s fifth season, My 600 Pound Life in 2017. He and his brother appeared in the show’s 13th and 14th episodes of the show’s season. Since then, Steven and Justin have appeared in four episodes of the show.

Steven Assanti weighed almost 800 pounds when he appeared on the TLC show, My 600-lb Life
Steven Assanti appeared on TLC show, My 600-lb Life because of his massive body weight

While Steven weighed almost 800 pounds when he took part in the show, his brother weighed almost 600 pounds. In fact, Steven had trouble getting around while his brother had fewer problems, but he was at high risk because of his excess weight.

In addition, Steven initially came into the media after posting videos of him eating and ranting on online platforms. In addition, he also made headlines after being kicked out of a Rhode Island hospital in 2015.

Assanti was kicked out of Rhode Island hospital for ordering pizza

In October 2015, Assanti made headlines after being kicked out of a Rhode Island hospital for allegedly ordering a pizza. He weighed 778 pounds at the time and was admitted to the hospital to fight his “food addiction” at Providence Hospital.

He spent a few months in the hospital, during which he was able to lose 20 pounds. However, once he broke the rule of his care plan by ordering a pizza, he was told he could no longer stay in that hospital. †It’s an addiction and I realize that. And it is a disease” Assanti told NBC10.

Steven Assanti lived in his father's SUV after a Rhode Island hospital kicked him out
Assanti lived in his father’s SUV after a Rhode Island hospital kicked him out for breaking rules

He also revealed that he had to stay in the hospital until his body weight dropped to 550 pounds so that he could undergo gastric bypass surgery. After the hospital kicked him out, his father said he couldn’t take his son home and said he didn’t know what to do. In his words,

“I just don’t know who to turn to. I’ve called everyone, everyone you can think of in the state of Rhode Island and no one seems to be able to help me.”

Mr. Veilette finally managed to transport his son in the back of his SUV. The father also said that he would keep driving until he finds a permanent solution for his eldest son. After that, Veilette took his son to the emergency room at Kent Hospital, but they weren’t allowed to spend the night there.

His addiction to painkillers

In the mid-2010s, Steven Assanti made the decision to lose weight and inspired many people to lose weight and live a healthy life. However, his addiction to food kicked in and he couldn’t achieve what he wanted. He is addicted to pizza because he reportedly ate up to 6 pizzas a day.

In addition, he was addicted to drugs, especially painkillers. He often used the pain in his legs (Lymphadem) to get a free ride to the nearest hospital and satisfy his drug addiction. Ultimately, Steve’s Obesity Doctor in the My 600 lb Lifedr. Younan Nowzaradan released him from the weight loss program and sent him to a drug rehabilitation center in downtown Houston.

Even after going to the rehab center, Steven went to the emergency room repeatedly to get his drug needs met. After such behavior, Dr. Nowzaradan told him from the state of Texas that even more drug abuse could land him in jail.

Steven Assanti’s Married Life – Who Is His Wife?

In May 2018, Steven Assanti’s life changed forever. At the time, he was reportedly married to Stephanie Sanger. According to Intouch Weekly, Sanger changed her profile picture to one with Steven. The photo shows them with wedding rings. Meanwhile, Sanger captioned the photo as:

“It’s a beautiful day for a white wedding. Just married Stephanie Assanti and Steven Assanti – cross my heart and hope to die my beloved. I will never lie. It’s just him and me.”

Steven Assanti and his wife Stephanie Sangerq
Steven Assanti and his wife Stephanie Sanger got married in 2018

The outlet also mentioned that the lovebirds had shown their love after Valentine’s Day 2018. On February 28, Steven took to Facebook to write about his then-girlfriend. In the since-deleted post, Steven wrote:

“Good morning friends and to the best friend in the world Stephanie Sanger, I love you dear with all my soul and heart. I want everyone to continue to know that you are the reason I look forward to my future, our future and I hope it gets bigger, you are the best baby real talk ten toes down guys…have a nice day…1 …”

In response, Sanger wrote:

“I am truly blessed, so lucky to have found a soul that fits so completely with mine We have so much to look forward to and I love you, you are my happiness Thank you baby boy.”

Meanwhile, many people doubted whether they were married or even in a relationship. One of their followers wrote in the comment as “Is this like a catfish ordeal lol… did you even meet her?Similarly, another user wrote:Have you and Stephanie met yet?

Nevertheless, we hope that Stephanie and Steven are now happily married and that they continue to thrive as a married couple.

Steven Assanti suffered from Covid-19

Assanti contracted Covid-19 at the end of 2021. According to his social media post, he contracted the virus in December 2021 when he also contracted pneumonia. A few days later Steve gave the first post an update to his fans that he still had covid/pneumonia. In a lengthy text he wrote next to his photo, Steve thanked his fans for all the prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery.

Where is Steven Assanti in 2022?

A lot of people wander around trying to know where Steven is, but he’s been out of the media for a few years now. He hasn’t been on social media much either. Steven continues to share posts on his Instagram, but rarely provides insight into his life through his posts.

By the way, during an interview in 2020, Steven said that being in the media caused friction in his married life. Since Steven couldn’t lose much weight on the show, people still believe he has the same obese lifestyle.


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