17-year-old Joey, from Hawthorne, Calif., has struggled with his weight since he was a child and stands six feet tall. He is a pleasantly gentle and sensitive boy who was bullied in elementary school because of his weight and ethnicity, leaving him withdrawn and mistrustful of others. School hasn’t kept his attention or focus, nor has it motivated him. Joey was kicked out of sixth grade for poor academics and performance. Still, Joey has a love for books and Greek mythology, and he dreams of becoming an engineer.