Rob Kardashian was spotted for the first time in months driving around Los Angeles. In the photos posted June 4 by x17, a bloated Kardashian looks sad months after his mother, Kris Jenner, revealed Rob has gained 100 pounds during the past year.
Kardashian, who was once athletic and fit, is now obese after falling into a deep depression a couple of years ago. Sources said his family has tried to stage several interventions, but Rob stubbornly refuses to seek help for his obesity and rumored drug addiction.
On a recent episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” Kris Jenner told a family therapist she was worried Rob could die from a combination of depression and obesity (see video).
“If I don’t help him do something drastic, he’s going to die,’ Kris sobbed. “I’m just waiting for this horrible thing to happen and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Kris explained to a therapist: “Rob was the star of track team in high school, he was the star of the basketball team. He took on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ [in 2011]. He couldn’t put two steps together and came in second place. He was someone who was very athletic and he has gained over 100 pounds in the last year.”
Tabloids claim both Rob Kardashian and Caitlyn Jenner could be considering competing on “Dancing With the Stars,” but those rumors have not been confirmed.
Experts say dramatic weight gain or loss is a symptom of depression, as are helplessness and mood swings. Rob’s sisters, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney, have said Rob suffers from all these symptoms.
The 5-foot-10 Kardashian, who reportedly weighs more than 260 pounds, has made no secret of his struggle to slim down following his dramatic weight gain. Rob’s weight loss struggles have been a running storyline on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” for the past several seasons, Celebrity Health & Fitness reported.
Pre-Diabetic Rob Almost Suffered Kidney Failure
On season 9, Kardashian was shocked when blood tests revealed he was dangerously overweight and at risk of developing diabetes and kidney failure.
Rob confessed that he really wants to lose weight for his health, because his father (the late Robert Kardashian) died from esophageal cancer in 2003 at age 59.
“I have numbers that are freaking my whole family out,” said Rob. “My dad passed away super-early, so my sisters could never handle that again.”
Rob had a rippling physique when he first starred on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” in 2007. He remained in great shape until 2012, when he went through a public breakup with singer Rita Ora. The once athletic Kardashian has since gotten progressively heavier and now rarely leaves his house.
Rob’s sisters, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney, have all expressed concern that Rob’s weight gain has made him extremely depressed and withdrawn. Kourtney recently noted that Rob’s serotonin levels were dangerously low because of his poor diet and obesity.
Meanwhile, Rob is the only Kardashian who has not publicly commented on stepmother Caitlyn Jenner’s transition and coming out as a woman. As a boy, Rob was extremely close to the former Bruce Jenner as the only male child in the Kardashian family.