He’s sharing his story! Viewers tune in to TLC’s hit reality TV series My 600-lb Life to watch morbidly obese people overcome their struggles with weight and food addiction and most of the time, their stories are extremely inspirational. My 600-lb Life star Chad Dean had one of the most inspiring journeys when he appeared on Season 4, Episode 4 of the series. Now, Chad is retelling his entire life story in his new book I’m In Here Somewhere: Memoir of a Food Addict, as told to and written by Celeste Prater — and he exclusively revealed to In Touch what readers will learn from his book that TLC didn’t show on his episode. Watch the video above to see In Touch‘s full, exclusive interview with Chad and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

“It’s a humorous book,” Chad, 45, exclusively revealed to In Touch. “When you read it, you’re gonna laugh, you’re gonna cry, you’re gonna be rooting, and it pretty much [answers] Why? Because the biggest question everyone always asks: ‘Why did you let yourself get that big?’ ‘Why?’ is the biggest thing. And this kind of goes through with the why’s and how’s and I try to open your eyes to life as far as being a food addict and putting on the weight. Why would you do it when you know the outcome?”

Chad’s book goes deeper into his life story — spanning from his birth up until two years after his gastric bypass surgery. Now, three years after his episode premiered, Chad is one of the five percent of people who have undergone weight loss surgery, lost the weight, and have been able to successfully keep it off. He hopes that by sharing his story in his own words, that it will help anyone who is struggling to overcome any obstacle in their own life.

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“More or less, I hope it opens your eyes,” Chad said about his book. “Whether they’re obese — you can even take this from a food addict [to] whatever your problems are in life. Whatever your problems are, I hope it opens your eyes and they just sit back and say, ‘Wait a minute. What am I doing? This ain’t worth it. I’ve been given life. You’re not here for a very long time. I want to make the best of it. I don’t want to throw it away.'”

I’m In Here Somewhere: Memoir of a Food Addict is available now.