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My 600-Lb. Life Stars Try to Turn Around Their Lives in Season 9 Teaser: 'I'm Hurting'

My 600-Lb. Life is back for season 9, and the stakes are life-and-death for 13 morbidly obese people who wish to turn their lives around.

In this exclusive clip for the new season, which premieres November 10. Each episode follows a year in the lives of these individuals, as they get candid about their food addictions, the resulting struggles and their journeys to a healthier life.

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"Every day, I question whether or not I should keep going like this," says 35-year-old Margaret Johnson as she details the pain she endures on a daily basis, weighing in at 750 lbs. "I'm hurting," she says through tears.

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The subjects of season 9 open up about a myriad of health struggles, including depression, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and lymphedema. "My body is crushing itself," says Bianca Hayes, 36, who weighs 604 lbs.

"I think other people take for granted the ability to just move and not be in pain all the time," another man says.

The reality of the situation sets in for Nathan, 35, (607 lbs.) and Amber Prater, 39, (502 lbs.) a couple who visits Dr. Younan Nowzaradan. "This is your life," Dr. Now tells them. "You're throwing it away, killing yourself for the food. If you keep this up, I guarantee you, neither of you will be here five years from now."

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"If something doesn't change, I will either be a widow or I'll be divorced," Amber says in a confessional.

Bianca Hayes, 36, also has the support of her husband in her weight-loss journey. "Can you imagine being an Arabian horse, strong, ready to run? But you're stuck in the body of an elephant," he says, describing his wife's struggle.

The road ahead presents many challenges for the stars of season 9, but with the help of their families and loved ones, they're up for the fight.

Watch the season 9 premiere of My 600-Lb. Life, Wednesday, November 10 at 8pm ET/PT on TLC.


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My 600-lb Life

American reality television series

My 600-lb Life
Created byJonathan Nowzaradan
StarringYounan Nowzaradan, MD
ComposersBritton Beisenherz, David Hamburger
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes119 (list of episodes)
Executive producersJack Tarantino
Cameo Wallace
Ron Bowman
Jeff Keels
Graham Davidson
Tom Mireles
Jonathan Nowzaradan
ProducersLeslie Appleyard
Amy Yerrington
Dawn Cooper Johnson
Production locationsHouston, Texas
CinematographyTaylor Rudd
EditorsShrader Thomas
Jennifer Kovacs
Gareth Dawson
John Gehrke
Knox Hughes
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time45 Mins (excluding advertisements)(Season 1-4), 85 Mins (excluding commercials) (Season 5-)
Production companyMegalomedia
DistributorThe Learning Channel
Original networkTLC
Original releaseFebruary 1, 2012 (2012-02-01) –

My 600-lb Life is an American reality television series that has aired on the TLC television network since 2012. Each episode follows a year in the life of morbidlyobese individuals, who usually begin the episode weighing at least 600 pounds (270 kg), and documents their attempts to reduce their weight to a healthy level. Update episodes, called "Where Are They Now?", feature one or more previous patients, picking up a year or more after their original episodes aired.

Patients are placed under the care of Iranian-American Houston surgeon Younan Nowzaradan (often referred to as simply "Dr. Now"), who first has them attempt losing weight on their own by following a strict diet, and then depending on the patient's progress may offer gastric bypass surgery or sleeve gastrectomy to further assist in weight loss.[1]


This series was originally a five-part miniseries involving four morbidly obese patients. Because of its popularity, new episodes were filmed, including a "Where Are They Now?" retrospective in Season 4 that follows up on previous patients to track their weight-loss journey months or years after bariatric surgery.[2]

In Season 1, patients were filmed over a period of seven years (2004–2011). Beginning with Season 2, patients were filmed for only one year. In Season 8, certain patients' stories were filmed for only six months.

Beginning with Season 5, new episodes began filming as 2-hour episodes instead of 1-hour. This was previously done with Melissa's Story (split into two parts) and Lupe's Story. Recap episodes titled under "Supersized" and "Extended", which include additional facts and footage respectively, also aired during this season.

Subject outcomes[edit]

Ten patients have died since appearing on the show.

  • Henry Foots, who was featured in season one, died of an illness unrelated to his weight loss surgery on May 16, 2013.[3][4]
  • Sean Milliken, who was chronicled on the fourth season of the show, died on February 17, 2019, from cardiac arrest caused by an infection caused by weight loss surgery.[5]
  • James King, a participant on the show's fifth season, died on April 3, 2020 from multiple organ failure due to rapid weight loss.[6]
  • LB Bonner, who was featured on the sixth season of the show, committed suicide on August 2, 2018.[7]
  • Lisa Fleming, also a sixth season participant, died on August 23, 2018.[8]
  • Rob Buchel was featured in season six and suffered a fatal heart attack on November 15, 2017, during filming of the show, while staying in a skilled nursing facility in Houston.[9] Buchel's death was the first in the series to be featured during the patient's respective episode.
  • Kelly Mason, a participant on the show's seventh season, died on February 15, 2019, from heart failure. Mason's death was the second in the series to be featured during the patient's respective episode.[10]
  • Coliesa McMillian, featured on the show's eighth season, died on September 22, 2020 after being treated in ICU for two weeks due to acute kidney failure and other complications related to weight loss surgery.[11]
  • Renee Biran, featured on the show's sixth season, died on May 14, 2021.[12]
  • Gina Krasley, featured on the show’s eighth season, died on August 1, 2021.[13]

Spin off[edit]

Beginning in January 2015, TLC began airing My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?. The purpose of this spin off was to update viewers on the weight loss journeys of people featured on previous seasons. As of 2021, seven seasons of the Where Are They Now? follow-ups have aired.


In 2018 several news outlets reported that several former patients of Dr. Nowzardan who appeared on the series, and the family of one patient, LB Bonner, who committed suicide, had brought suit against the show's production company, Megalomedia, alleging negligence and claiming that the company failed to cover medical costs.[14][15]

Series overview[edit]

Main article: List of My 600-lb Life episodes

Subject statistics[edit]

Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (7 yrs) Total Weight Loss (7 yrs.) Notes
1/2Melissa Morris31 years oldLivingston, TX692 pounds (314 kg)206 pounds (93 kg) 447 pounds (203 kg)
3Donald Shelton34 years oldPasadena, Texas738.9 pounds (335.2 kg)390 pounds (180 kg) 285 pounds (129 kg)
4Henry Foots47 years oldHouston, Texas715 pounds (324 kg)275 pounds (125 kg) 440 pounds (200 kg)Deceased, age 54
5Ashley Randall24 years oldKilleen, Texas617 pounds (280 kg)253.1 pounds (114.8 kg) 364 pounds (165 kg)Deceased, age 40
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos. or from later peak weight) Notes
1Zsalynn Whitworth42 years oldSan Antonio, Texas596.7 pounds (270.7 kg)349.9 pounds (158.7 kg) 248 pounds (112 kg)
2Olivia Cruz46 years oldChicago, Illinois580.3 pounds (263.2 kg)241 pounds (109 kg) 339 pounds (154 kg)
3Penny Saeger45 years oldElkton, Maryland530 pounds (240 kg)494 pounds (224 kg)36 pounds (16 kg)
4Chuck Turner45 years oldBeaumont, Texas693.7 pounds (314.7 kg)268.5 pounds (121.8 kg) 425 pounds (193 kg)
5Christina Phillips22 years oldSouth Haven, Mississippi639.7 pounds (290.2 kg)390.1 pounds (176.9 kg) 266 pounds (121 kg) (EPW-earlier peak weight)
6Paula Jones39 years oldJonesboro, Georgia533.8 pounds (242.1 kg)379 pounds (172 kg) 171 pounds (78 kg) (LPW)
7James Jones37 years oldFrankston, Texas728 pounds (330 kg)376.7 pounds (170.9 kg) 352 pounds (160 kg)
8Tara Taylor35 years oldLafayette, Louisiana606.1 pounds (274.9 kg)328 pounds (149 kg) 278 pounds (126 kg)
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos. or from later peak weight) Notes
1Amber Rachdi23 years oldTroutdale, Oregon657.6 pounds (298.3 kg)390.5 pounds (177.1 kg) 267 pounds (121 kg)
2Susan Farmer37 years oldEddy, Texas607.6 pounds (275.6 kg)340 pounds (150 kg) 267 pounds (121 kg)
3Pauline Potter50 years oldSacramento, California673.5 pounds (305.5 kg)529 pounds (240 kg) 149 pounds (68 kg) (LPW)
4Bettie Jo Elmore24 years oldPotosi, Missouri654 pounds (297 kg)498.7 pounds (226.2 kg) 156 pounds (71 kg)
5Angel Parrish42 years oldKerrville, Texas570.4 pounds (258.7 kg)261.8 pounds (118.8 kg) 309 pounds (140 kg)
6Joe Wexler31 years oldJohnson City, Tennessee777 pounds (352 kg)592.6 pounds (268.8 kg) 200 pounds (91 kg) (LPW)
7Laura Perez41 years oldSan Antonio, Texas594.6 pounds (269.7 kg)357.8 pounds (162.3 kg) 237 pounds (108 kg)
8Charity Pierce39 years oldCedar Rapids, Iowa778.8 pounds (353.3 kg)496.6 pounds (225.3 kg) 282 pounds (128 kg)
9Chay Guillory23 years oldCharenton, Louisiana597.5 pounds (271.0 kg)478.7 pounds (217.1 kg) 119 pounds (54 kg)
10Marla McCants43 years oldNashville, Tennessee800 pounds (360 kg) (estimated)534.2 pounds (242.3 kg) 266 pounds (121 kg) (estimated)
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos. or from later peak weight) Notes
1Nikki Webster33 years oldLittle Rock, Arkansas649.7 pounds (294.7 kg)443.4 pounds (201.1 kg) 207 pounds (94 kg)
2Brittani Fulfer32 years oldTualatin, Oregon605 pounds (274 kg)375.6 pounds (170.4 kg) 230 pounds (100 kg)
3Chad Dean42 years oldHagerstown, Maryland701.4 pounds (318.1 kg)441.5 pounds (200.3 kg) 260 pounds (120 kg)
4June McCamey43 years oldHouston, Texas590.5 pounds (267.8 kg)389.2 pounds (176.5 kg) 201 pounds (91 kg)
5Dottie Perkins34 years oldOxford, Mississippi641.9 pounds (291.2 kg)520 pounds (240 kg) 149 pounds (68 kg) (LPW)
6Gideon Yeakley33 years oldMustang, Oklahoma649.9 pounds (294.8 kg)429.6 pounds (194.9 kg) 220 pounds (100 kg)
7Ashley Dunn-Bratcher27 years oldKemp, Texas725.1 pounds (328.9 kg)470.5 pounds (213.4 kg) 255 pounds (116 kg)
8Teretha Hollis-Neely47 years oldDetroit, Michigan800 pounds (360 kg) (estimated)461 pounds (209 kg) 339 pounds (154 kg)
9Randy Statum35 years oldHull, Texas655.9 pounds (297.5 kg)441.9 pounds (200.4 kg) 214 pounds (97 kg)
10Milla Clark47 years oldFayetteville, Tennessee751 pounds (341 kg)598 pounds (271 kg) 153 pounds (69 kg)
11Sean Milliken26 years oldCameron Park, California919 pounds (417 kg) (later 1,003 pounds (455 kg))548 pounds (249 kg) 455 pounds (206 kg) (LPW)Deceased, age 29
12Lupe Samano39 years oldSan Bernardino, California642 pounds (291 kg)360 pounds (160 kg) 295 pounds (134 kg) (LPW)
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos. or from later peak weight) Notes
1Brandi Dreier29 years oldVancouver, Washington587.9 pounds (266.7 kg)360 pounds (160 kg) 228 pounds (103 kg)
Kandi Dreier29 years oldVancouver, Washington604.7 pounds (274.3 kg)384 pounds (174 kg) 220 pounds (100 kg)
2Ashley Reyes30 years oldWest Hills, California668.8 pounds (303.4 kg)414 pounds (188 kg) 254 pounds (115 kg)
3Cynthia Wells42 years oldOklahoma City, Oklahoma610.3 pounds (276.8 kg)454 pounds (206 kg) 156 pounds (71 kg)
4Kirsten Perez38 years oldLongview, Washington612.5 pounds (277.8 kg)442 pounds (200 kg) 170 pounds (77 kg)
5Doug Armstrong36 years oldWichita Falls, Texas684.8 pounds (310.6 kg)462.4 pounds (209.7 kg) 222 pounds (101 kg)
6Erica Wall44 years oldLompoc, California661.6 pounds (300.1 kg)471 pounds (214 kg) 190 pounds (86 kg)
7Diana Bunch55 years oldSeattle, Washington601.1 pounds (272.7 kg)336 pounds (152 kg) 265 pounds (120 kg)
8Michael Dominguez32 years oldGlendale, Arizona635.9 pounds (288.4 kg)348.7 pounds (158.2 kg) 287 pounds (130 kg)
9Nicole Lewis23 years oldMarion, Ohio684.6 pounds (310.5 kg)521.3 pounds (236.5 kg) 163 pounds (74 kg)
10Tanisha Cleveland32 years oldSilsbee, Texas588.7 pounds (267.0 kg) (later 603 pounds (274 kg))484 pounds (220 kg) 119 pounds (54 kg)Took place over 2 years
11James King46 years oldPaducah, Kentucky735 pounds (333 kg) (later 840 pounds (380 kg))788.6 pounds (357.7 kg), dismissed from program in Month 1155 pounds (25 kg) (LPW)Deceased, age 49
12Tracey Matthews45 years oldLorain, Ohio605.9 pounds (274.8 kg)388 pounds (176 kg) 218 pounds (99 kg)
13/14Steven Assanti33 years oldCranston, Rhode Island730.8 pounds (331.5 kg)677.5 pounds (307.3 kg) 131 pounds (59 kg) (LPW)
Justin Assanti27 years oldCranston, Rhode Island604.2 pounds (274.1 kg)Unknown Unknown
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos. or from later peak weight) Notes
1Rena Kiser39 years oldHouston, Missouri549 pounds (249 kg)278 pounds (126 kg) 271 pounds (123 kg)
Lee Sutton42 years oldHouston, Missouri714 pounds (324 kg)411 pounds (186 kg) 303 pounds (137 kg)
2Janine Mueller53 years oldSeattle, Washington678.2 pounds (307.6 kg)566 pounds (257 kg) 112 pounds (51 kg)
3Liz Evans35 years oldFreeport, Texas721.3 pounds (327.2 kg)368 pounds (167 kg) 353 pounds (160 kg)
4Alicia Kirgan32 years oldMadison, Illinois622.3 pounds (282.3 kg)436 pounds (198 kg) 186 pounds (84 kg)
5Karina Garcia38 years oldConverse, Texas633.2 pounds (287.2 kg)398 pounds (181 kg) 235 pounds (107 kg)
6James "L.B." Bonner29 years oldLexington, South Carolina642.3 pounds (291.3 kg)326 pounds (148 kg) 316 pounds (143 kg)Deceased, age 30
7Lisa Fleming49 years oldMobile, AL704.3 pounds (319.5 kg)Unknown, dismissed from program in Month 6 UnknownDeceased, age 50
8Robert Buchel41 years oldForked River, New Jersey842.1 pounds (382.0 kg)502 pounds (228 kg), died during filming in Month 9 340 pounds (150 kg)Deceased, age 41
9Tamy Lyn Murrell45 years oldCovington, Kentucky591.7 pounds (268.4 kg)346.2 pounds (157.0 kg) 246 pounds (112 kg)
10David Bolton35 years oldHouston, Texas747.1 pounds (338.9 kg)386 pounds (175 kg) 361 pounds (164 kg)
Benji Bolton32 years oldHouston, Texas582.5 pounds (264.2 kg)218 pounds (99 kg) 364 pounds (165 kg)
11Renee Biran53 years oldValdosta, Georgia631.8 pounds (286.6 kg)381 pounds (173 kg) 250 pounds (110 kg)Deceased, aged 56
12Sarah Neeley25 years oldDayton, Ohio642.3 pounds (291.3 kg)393 pounds (178 kg) 260 pounds (120 kg)
13Schenee Murry-Hawkins27 years oldIndianapolis, IN665.2 pounds (301.7 kg)664.4 pounds (301.4 kg), dismissed from program in Month 80.8 pounds (0.36 kg)
14Jennifer Jess42 years oldBend, Oregon636.3 pounds (288.6 kg)426 pounds (193 kg) 210 pounds (95 kg)
Marissa Jess26 years oldBend, Oregon573.1 pounds (260.0 kg)341 pounds (155 kg) 232 pounds (105 kg)
15/16Roshanda Perrio30 years oldLafayette, Louisiana803.7 pounds (364.6 kg)605.7 pounds (274.7 kg) (@11 mos.) 198 pounds (90 kg) (@11 mos.)
Brandie Perrio29 years oldLafayette, Louisiana620.6 pounds (281.5 kg)382.3 pounds (173.4 kg) (@11 mos.) 238 pounds (108 kg) (@11 mos.)
Clarence Perrio33 years oldLafayette, Louisiana582.7 pounds (264.3 kg)437.9 pounds (198.6 kg) (@11 mos.) 145 pounds (66 kg) (@11 mos.)
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos. or from later peak weight) Notes
1Octavia Gahagans42 years oldKansas City, Missouri692.3 pounds (314.0 kg)456 pounds (207 kg) 236 pounds (107 kg)
2Brianne Dias30 years oldFlorence, Oregon742.2 pounds (336.7 kg)358 pounds (162 kg) (@11 mos.) 384 pounds (174 kg) (@11 mos.)
3Robin Mckinley40 years oldMeade, Kansas648.7 pounds (294.2 kg)395 pounds (179 kg) 253 pounds (115 kg)
Garrett Rogers 20 years old Meade, Kansas 607.3 pounds (275.5 kg) 337 pounds (153 kg) 270 pounds (120 kg)
4Justin McSwain27 years oldRock Hill, South Carolina687.5 pounds (311.8 kg)353.5 pounds (160.3 kg) 334 pounds (151 kg)
5Holly Hager38 years oldEllijay, Georgia658.1 pounds (298.5 kg)418 pounds (190 kg) 240 pounds (110 kg)
6Lacey Hodder29 years oldBay City, Michigan691.2 pounds (313.5 kg)435 pounds (197 kg) 256 pounds (116 kg)
7Brandon Scott33 years oldColumbus, Ohio718.4 pounds (325.9 kg)383.7 pounds (174.0 kg) 335 pounds (152 kg)
8Maja Radanovic33 years oldPortland, Oregon689.4 pounds (312.7 kg)592.5 pounds (268.8 kg), left program in Month 896.9 pounds (44.0 kg)
9Tiffany Barker28 years oldMarysville, Washington672.5 pounds (305.0 kg)415 pounds (188 kg) 257 pounds (117 kg)
10 Destinee LaShaee 27 years old Pineville, Louisiana 669 pounds (303 kg) 440 pounds (200 kg) 229 pounds (104 kg) First transgender patient on the show
11 Jeanne Covey 39 years old Big Sandy, Texas 702.4 pounds (318.6 kg) 670.7 pounds (304.2 kg), left program in Month 6 23 pounds (10 kg)
12 Aaron Washer 30 years old New Braunfels, Texas 718.1 pounds (325.7 kg) 402.7 pounds (182.7 kg) 315 pounds (143 kg)
13 Kelly Mason 41 years old Greensboro, North Carolina 725.5 pounds (329.1 kg) 383 pounds (174 kg), died during filming in Month 10 342 pounds (155 kg) Deceased, age 41
14 Annjeanette Whaley 30 years old Hillsboro, Oregon 679.1 pounds (308.0 kg) 405 pounds (184 kg) 274 pounds (124 kg)
15 Angela Gutierrez 44 years old Ross, Ohio 608.4 pounds (276.0 kg) No second weigh-in, left program in Month 8 Unknown
16 LaShanta White 39 years old Kenner, Louisiana 662 pounds (300 kg) 529.5 pounds (240.2 kg), briefly dismissed from program in Month 9 160 pounds (73 kg) (LPW)
17 Cillas Givens 35 years old Fairview, Oklahoma 729 pounds (331 kg) 313 pounds (142 kg) 416 pounds (189 kg)
18 Mercedes Cephas 37 years old Cincinnati, Ohio 773.2 pounds (350.7 kg) 692 pounds (314 kg) 81 pounds (37 kg)
19 Angela Johns 39 years old Massillon, Ohio 643.3 pounds (291.8 kg) 594.6 pounds (269.7 kg), dismissed from program in Month 8 49 pounds (22 kg)
20 Vianey Rodriguez 35 years old Chicago, Illinois 594.8 pounds (269.8 kg) (1st weigh-in at month 4) 369 pounds (167 kg) (@month 12) 226 pounds (103 kg) (@month 12)
Allen Lewis 51 years old Chicago, Illinois 648.1 pounds (294.0 kg) (1st weigh-in at month 4) 376 pounds (171 kg) (@month 12) 272 pounds (123 kg) (@month 12)
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos.) Notes
1 John Hambrick 34 years old Wylie, Texas 686.5 pounds (311.4 kg) 393 pounds (178 kg) 294 pounds (133 kg)
Lonnie Hambrick 35 years old Haltom City, Texas 612.7 pounds (277.9 kg) 368 pounds (167 kg) 245 pounds (111 kg)
2 Lindsey Witte 39 years old Hills, Iowa 647.6 pounds (293.7 kg) 438 pounds (199 kg) 209 pounds (95 kg)
3 Bethany Stout 40 years old Alva, Oklahoma 607.9 pounds (275.7 kg) 502.2 pounds (227.8 kg), left the program in Month 11 105 pounds (48 kg)
4 Julius (J.T.) Clark 32 years old Claremore, Oklahoma 892.2 pounds (404.7 kg) 491 pounds (223 kg) 401 pounds (182 kg)
5 Gina Krasley 28 years old Tuckerton, New Jersey 606.7 pounds (275.2 kg) 556.2 pounds (252.3 kg) 50.5 pounds (22.9 kg) Deceased, age 30
6 Travis Henry 31 years old Carrollton, Texas 617.3 pounds (280.0 kg) 379 pounds (172 kg) 238 pounds (108 kg)
7 Joyce Del Viscovo 44 years old Gardner, Kansas 759.2 pounds (344.4 kg) 623.8 pounds (283.0 kg), left the program in month 9 134.4 pounds (61.0 kg)
8 Carlton Oglesby 24 years old Columbus, Ohio 786 pounds (357 kg) 544 pounds (247 kg) 242 pounds (110 kg) (@6 mos.) ended at 6 mos.
Shantel Oglesby 31 years old Columbus, Ohio 638 pounds (289 kg) 424 pounds (192 kg) 214 pounds (97 kg) (@6 mos.) ended at 6 mos.
9 Seana Collins 22 years old Kansas City, Missouri 659 pounds (299 kg) 661.3 pounds (300.0 kg) −2.3 pounds (−1.0 kg) (gained weight)
10 Ashley Bernard 31 years old Carenco, Louisiana 637 pounds (289 kg) 504 pounds (229 kg) 133 pounds (60 kg)
11 Tommy Johnson 38 years old Winnsboro, Louisiana 641 pounds (291 kg) 423 pounds (192 kg) 218 pounds (99 kg)
12 Coliesa McMillian 41 years old New Roads, Louisiana 643 pounds (292 kg) 499 pounds (226 kg) 144 pounds (65 kg) (@6 mos.) Deceased, aged 41
13 Dominic Hernandez 37 years old Fresno, California 672 pounds (305 kg) 650 pounds (290 kg) (@month 6) 22 pounds (10.0 kg) (@month 6) Removed from program at month 6. First patient in the show to be currently homeless
14 Megan Davis 24 years old Taylorville, Illinois 604.7 pounds (274.3 kg) 481 pounds (218 kg) 123 pounds (56 kg)
15 Ashley Taylor 24 years old Temple, Texas 486 pounds (220 kg) 469 pounds (213 kg) 17 pounds (7.7 kg) (@ 6 mos.) ended at 6 mos.
16 Leneatha Reed 40 years old Meridian, Mississippi 604 pounds (274 kg) 575 pounds (261 kg) (@month 6) 29 pounds (13 kg) (@month 6) left the program at month 9
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos.) Notes
1 Samantha Mason 35 years old Denver, Colorado 940.1 pounds (426.4 kg) (later 974 pounds (442 kg)) 496 pounds (225 kg) 478 pounds (217 kg) (LPW) Largest weight loss of any patient featured in the show
2 Thederick Barnes 32 years old Gretna, Florida 740.2 pounds (335.7 kg) 615 pounds (279 kg) (@5th month) 125.2 pounds (56.8 kg) (@5th month) last weighing at 5th month
3 Carrie Johnson 37 years old Huntington, Texas 603 pounds (274 kg) 409 pounds (186 kg) 194 pounds (88 kg)
4 Cindy Vela 45 years old Portland, Texas 614 pounds (279 kg) 575 pounds (261 kg) 39 pounds (18 kg)
5 Melissa Marescot 36 years old Sunrise, Florida 592.8 pounds (268.9 kg) 440.3 pounds (199.7 kg) 152.5 pounds (69.2 kg)
6 Kenae' Dolphus 41 years old Nacogdoches, Texas 614.6 pounds (278.8 kg) 543.8 pounds (246.7 kg) 70.8 pounds (32.1 kg)
7 Krystal Hall 34 years old Frankfort, Ohio 618.4 pounds (280.5 kg) 579.7 pounds (262.9 kg) 38.7 pounds (17.6 kg)
8 Isaac Martinez 23 years old Hutchins, Texas 661.1 pounds (299.9 kg) 539.0 pounds (244.5 kg) 122.1 pounds (55.4 kg)
9 Michael Blair 43 years old Conroe, Texas 609.5 pounds (276.5 kg) 474.0 pounds (215.0 kg) 135.5 pounds (61.5 kg)
10 Shannon Lowery 39 years old Tucson, Arizona 739 pounds (335 kg) 698 pounds (317 kg) 41 pounds (19 kg)
11 Irene Walker 39 years old Houston, Texas 603.7 pounds (273.8 kg) 535.1 pounds (242.7 kg) 68.6 pounds (31.1 kg)
12 Tammy Patton 41 years old Wichita Falls, Texas 594 pounds (269 kg) 468 pounds (212 kg) 126 pounds (57 kg)
13 Chrystal Rollins 39 years old Spring Valley, California 610.8 pounds (277.1 kg) 498.3 pounds (226.0 kg) (@8th month) 113.5 pounds (51.5 kg) (@8th month) ended at 9 mos.


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What These Stars From My 600-Lb Life Look Like Today


By Cat Lafuente/Aug. 29, 2018 2:28 pm EDT/Updated: July 27, 2021 2:38 pm EDT

Plenty of reality shows feature dramatic transformations, but few chronicle the intense metamorphoses that are documented on the popular TLC program My 600-lb Life. Since its inception in 2012, dozens of men and women have had their lives changed, thanks to the intervention of Dr. Younan Nowzaradan. Based in Houston, Texas, Nowzaraden performs weight loss surgery on patients who oftentimes are desperate to improve their quality of life before it's too late. And while the journey is never easy for these people, it's worth it to be able to reclaim their lives and accomplish goals they had previously given up on.

Some of these brave souls have gone on to become social media stars, thanks to their reality television fame. That gives us additional access into their lives, allowing us to keep up on what happens — even after their follow-up segments have aired. So without further ado, here's the skinny on some of the most popular stars from My 600-lb Life. You won't believe how amazing they look today!

Melissa Morris achieved her lifelong dream after My 600-lb Life


The OG of My 600-lb Life, Melissa Morris was the very first person featured in the show. These days she's in a much different place. While an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now? revealed thatMelissa's weight has fluctuated over the years, you can see on her Instagram page that that she's living her best life every day. 

If you're familiar with Melissa's journey, you know that having children was something she desperately wanted. Despite her unlikely odds (a doctor once told her she only had a 2 percent chance of getting pregnant, according to her TLC interview), Melissa became a mom to Allona on May 1, 2010. Today, she's a mom three times over, according to a post on her Instagram page.

On top of her motherhood duties, which definitely keep her busy, Melissa also speaks publicly about her journey. She's also been active in Weight Watchers for several years now. Additionally, she's been goingtoconcerts, enjoying time at the beach, catching baseballgames, and reading books. There's no slowing her down!

My 600-lb Life star Zsalynn Whitworth found a man worthy of her love


Season 2 of My 600-lb Life opened with Zsalynn Whitworth's story, which famously included her manipulative and unsupportive husband, who prioritized his fetish over Zsalynn's literal life. Fortunately for her, the couple finally got a divorce, which she confirmed in a follow-up segment. They still share joint custody of their daughter, but the romance is long since over.

In the segment, Zsalynn also got candid about her emotional state. She admitted that she struggled with loneliness and depression, as well as her cravings for sweets following the divorce. In spite of those challenges, however, she decided that she wants to press forward and finally get skin removal surgery. She also expressed a desire to be more active and start dating — certainly worthy ambitions.

And it paid off! From the looks of it, Zsalynn found someone special. Check out this adorable photo she posted on Facebook of her making goo goo eyes at a new man — good for you, girl! Additionally, you can see just how much her daughter Hannah has grown up to be her mama's mini-me in this photo. Looks like everything's going swimmingly for Zsalynn now!

My 600-lb Life's Paula Jones is now a confident selfie queen and outspoken advocate


Paula Jones, who had an especially emotional episode in Season 2 of My 600-lb Life, is living the dream of long-term weight loss success these days. For one, you can tell just by looking at pictures of Paula on her Instagram and Facebook pages that she's in great shape, especially when you consider where she started. 

She's not afraid to pose in a swimsuit, or post selfies with her arms bared, which shows that she knows she's cute! But Paula also keeps herself accountable, admitting when she has to stick to her diet and work out on the reg. And while she's faced health issues like kidney stones, that hasn't stopped her from staying the course of her weight loss journey.

These days, Paula speaks publicly at weight loss events. She's also outspoken about the obesity epidemic, which has claimed the lives of some of her friends and loves ones. "It is so senseless since it is preventable," she shared in a post. "It just isn't easy." Indeed it isn't, but Paula sure is a role model.

Following My 600-lb Life, Amber Rachdi became a full-blown social media star


Of all of the stars who have come out of My 600-lb Life, Amber Rachdi is the emerging Instagram queen among them. She updates her account regularly, showing off her makeupskills, her supercutehairstyles, and her newoutfits. She even rocks the notorious Instagram eyebrow prettyflawlessly — way to slay, girl!

Although Amber is a social media star now, she has no plans to appear in a follow-up episode, citing some pretty serious beef with the production crew as the reason. "The experience was very disorganized and jarring and there's not a whole lot I can say using my grown-up tact," she revealed in an interview with Starcasm. "They ran late, reshot difficult to replicate scenes, and really sort of acted like bullies." She said they also didn't respect her boundaries, and tried to push her to do things she didn't want to do.

But Amber also shared that she continues to take good care of herself, and work out regularly. Other than having to recover from Hurricane Harvey, which she posted about on her Facebook page, it sounds like all's well in her world.

Joe Wexler got his happily ever after after My 600-lb Life


On Season 3 of My 600-lb Life, viewers were introduced to Joe Wexler, who weighed in initially at nearly 800 pounds. Fortunately Joe was able to get help from Dr. Nowzaradan, who performed gastric bypass surgery on him after he lost 140 pounds on his own — impressive. 

"It was really tough — one of the hardest things I ever did," he said of the experience in an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?. After that, Joe accomplished milestones like driving, getting skin removal surgery, and losing 500 pounds. In his follow-up segment, he also revealed that he had met a woman named Sarah, and that they were dating. Sarah also had a daughter. Things got serious quickly, and the couple got married. Unfortunately, things did not work out with Sarah, as they divorced in 2019, according to Starcasm. As a result of her alleged infidelity, Joe admitted gaining back some weight, but was determined to lose it again. 

Joe is also working hard in the IT sector and taking online courses, with big ambitions for the future.  

Laura Perez found a wonderful new love who supports her ambitions after My 600-lb Life

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Laura Perez has experienced lot of changes since her episode of My 600-lb Life. However, some of those changes weren't very positive. In an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?, Laura opened up about the difficulties that she and her husband Joey were facing as a couple, including eviction. But there were deeper issues at play as well. 

"I want to keep becoming more independent, and get a job, and have a career," she revealed. But Joey didn't want her to do that. When she told him about her beauty school ambitions, he got really upset — clearly he didn't support her dreams, and just wanted her to stay home, dependent on him.

Rather than feel trapped, Laura stopped by beauty school anyway during the episode. And according to a since-deleted post on her Facebook page, she's remarried to a new man! She gushed about it in a comment on a previous post, which has since been deleted, saying that she's moved on from a relationship that damaged her. And the new beau? "Thank god he is a great hardworking, loving, caring man that puts me first," she wrote. "I'm blessed to have him." Congrats, girl!

My 600-lb Life star Charity Pierce faced setbacks but never gave up


Toward the end of Season 3 of My 600-lb Life, viewers met Charity Pierce. At her largest she clocked in at almost 800 pounds, one of the bigger individuals to appear on the show at that time. Fortunately, Charity was able to help herself, thanks to the intervention of Dr. Nowzaradan. 

She underwent weight loss surgery, and lost over 400 pounds, according to an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?. She also had several skin surgeries, including the removal of a 57-pound fatty tumor and 38 pounds of tissue from her abdomen. She doesn't look like the same person at all! Charity isn't alone on her journey anymore either, as her daughter also struggles with her weight, which was chronicled in the follow-up episode. And while the pair have faced setbacks, they're also working their hardest to get through it —together.

Despite what she and her family are going through, Charity also remains true to the meaning of her name. In a post on her Facebook page, she said she was buying items to donate to the homeless. That's a good way to give back!

Unfortunately in March 2020, Charity revealed that she'd been diagnosed with kidney cancer and had a kidney removed. That September, her daughter shared that her mother was "had some struggles but is doing great now."

Nikki Webster feels "exuberantly gleeful" as her career and love life thrive post-My 600-lb Life


Nikki Webster was all smiles in an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?— a stark contrast from her episode of My 600-lb Life. For one, Nikki was able to go shopping for a pair of pants for the first time in ten years — what a huge accomplishment! 

As she slipped into a pair of blue jeans, you could tell how thrilled she was. "I feel womanly, and sassy," she gushed. "It takes a lot for me to feel sassy." Go ahead, girl! A new pair of pants isn't the only new thing in Nikki's life. Her weight loss has also enabled her to excel at work, something she couldn't do before. "I can finally really contribute," she said.

But the really big news? Nikki shared a Facebook post in March 2018 revealing that she had recently gotten married — to Marc, who viewers were introduced to on her follow-up episode. And as she wrote on another post, she's loving life. "I've been able to experience a happiness I never thought possible. It's not that I'm just content... I'm exuberantly gleeful," she shared. What a happy ending.

My 600-lb Life star Brittani Fulfer credits her husband for being her rock


Brittani Fulfer is almost unrecognizable these days compared to how she looked in My 600-lb Life. Viewers first saw the dramatic changes in her first episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?. Then in a later follow-up episode, an even more svelte Brittani appeared after additional surgery, with renewed energy to reach her goals — though it was a bumpy ride. But she made it, and celebrated by going to the beach without a shred of shame. Woo body positivity!

Additionally, Brittani has been squeezing every drop out of life lately, according to her Facebook page, which appears to have since been deleted. For one, she posted that she got to see her favorite band in concert — Third Eye Blind — something she couldn't have done two years ago, she said. She's also been having adventures out and about with her friends, according to another post. 

Through it all, Brittani's husband has been by her side, supporting her. "I am forever thankful to my husband," she wrote in a Facebook post. "He is truly my strength and without him I do not know where I would be."

My 600-lb Life's Milla Clark is 600 pounds lighter

What a journey it's been for Milla Clark, who weighed in at a whopping 751 pounds in her Season 4 episode of My 600-lb Life. In addition to that, she was confined to her bed, and relied on her children to tend to her most basic hygiene. To top it off, she hadn't left her home in two years, and couldn't stand on her own two feet.

Fortunately, Milla was able to get the help she desperately needed. By the end of her episode, she was approved for weight loss surgery, having shed 150 pounds and made the effort to stand up. But that was just the beginning, as she continued to steadily make some seriously dramatic progress. After multiple skin surgeries and a double knee replacement, Milla hit the 152-pound mark, according to her follow-up episode. That's a 600-lb difference, and a record breaker for the show!

You can keep up with Milla on her Instagram page, where she promotes her healthy habits and shares her love of walking – something she couldn't do for many years. What an accomplishment!

My 600-lb Life star Ashley Dunn Bratcher is the mom she always wanted to be

When viewers first met Ashley Dunn Bratcher in her Season 4 episode of My 600-lb Life, she relied on her young son Patrick to help her get things done around the house, like laundry and cooking. That was something she was deeply ashamed of, as she felt like she should she be the one caring for him, and not vice versa. But at 725 pounds, she was limited in her mobility.

Not content with her life, Ashley made the brave decision to conquer her eating habits and get weight loss surgery. By the time her second follow-up episode rolled around, Ashley celebrated a total weight loss of 350 pounds, nearly half of her entire body weight. With that loss came newfound freedom, too, which gave Patrick his childhood back. Now Ashley is the wife and mother she always wanted to be!

Unlike many of the partnerships in My 600-lb Life, Ashley and her husband didn't break up when she decided to change her life. Rather, they celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary in 2019, according to a post on her Facebook page. Congratulations, you two!

My 600-lb Life's Chay Guillory is living her best life with arguably the most life-changing transformation

Chay Guillory's Season 3 transformation on My 600-lb Life is arguably one of the most dramatic of them all, and for more than one reason. First, at the end of her debut episode, she had lost a total of 119 pounds, enough to bring her under the 500-pound mark. Then, by the end of her first follow-up episode, she was down to 379 pounds, showing continued and consistent success on her weight loss journey. But during that episode, she also dropped another bomb: Chay came out as transgender, and began to live her life as a woman. Congrats, Chay!

In Chay 's most recent follow-up episode, viewers learned that she was ready for skin removal surgery. Additionally, Chay is getting closer to her 180-lb goal, at which point she will qualify for gender confirmation surgery. And as if that wasn't enough amazing news, Chay announced in an Instagram post that she's engaged to her boyfriend, Patrick! And in 2020, she revealed she'd gotten married! Given where Chay started, it's absolutely incredible to see how far she's come. It's no wonder she said that she's never been happier!

Bettie Jo Elmore continues to thrive with a growing family since My 600-lb Life

When Bettie Jo Elmore began her weight loss journey of Season 3 of My 600-lb Life, she wasn't in good shape as she weighed 654 pounds. But thanks to her commitment and hard work, she's a long way from where she was during those dark times, despite the many obstacles that she's had to overcome.

Mainly, in Bettie's follow-up episode, she found out that she had a growth at the base of her spine. And while that's usually not too much of an issue as it can be removed surgically, that wasn't an option for Bettie because she was — get this — pregnant! Knowing that surgery would put her baby at risk, Bettie opted to risk the paralysis the growth could cause her.

By her second follow-up episode, Bettie was on bedrest due to her high-risk pregnancy. But fortunately, everything turned out well, as she and husband Josh welcomed a bouncing baby boy in August 2016. And according to a post on her Facebook page, which she seldom updates, she went back to back to working on weight loss as a major goal in April 2017. Good luck, Bettie Jo!

My 600-lb Life's June McCamey married the woman of her dreams

Viewers of My 600-lb Life first met June McCamey during Season 4, when she was deep in the throes of grief over losing her son Mack to gun violence. Despite the enormous pain of that loss, which is what compelled her to overeat enough to weigh 590 pounds, June managed to get her eating habits under control with the help of Dr. Nowzaradan.

Tragically, in her follow-up episode, June was once again grieving, this time over losing her son Kenneth, which honestly just sounds too horrible for words. But even in the face of so much pain, June managed to lose enough weight to qualify for her first skin removal surgery, though she often pushed back against doctor's orders.

Fortunately, not all is sadness in June's world, as she's made incredible progress on her weight loss journey, and loves her body enough to show it off to the world with pride. Additionally, she got married to the woman of her dreams in 2019, according to a post on her Facebook page, which appears to have since been deleted. We wish you all of the happiness in the world, June!

My 600-lb Life star Nicole Lewis put in the hard work and reaped the rewards


All of the stories featured on My 600-lb Life involve hardship in some form, but Nicole Lewis really had to overcome some harrowing traumas. But pains from the past didn't stop the mom and Juggalette from putting in the hard work to lose weight and improve her quality life. 

In an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?, viewers learned that Nicole had lost even more weight, bringing her total lost to 326 pounds as of the airing. She also got approved for her first skin removal surgery. That's a serious accomplishment! 

These days, she's doing better than ever, according to her Facebook page, which appears to have since been deleted. She celebrated five years with her love, Charlie, in March 2018, and according to a video she posted of them both at the gym, she revealed: "Charlie is my everything." Sounds like they are taking good care of each other. She also announced in a July 2018 post that she got a job she really wanted. Things are definitely looking up for her after lots of hard work.

My 600-lb Life star Cillas Givens is less than half the man he used to be

Of all of the stars on Season 7 of My 600-lb Life, Cillas Given had a story that ended on a super high note. After enduring a seriously lonely childhood and stunted transition into adolescence, Given really didn't have a lot going on for him. Lonely and emotionally troubled, Given turned to food for comfort, to the tune of a peak weight of 729 pounds. Clearly he needed a big change if he was going to make it.

Fortunately for Cillas, he had the support of his girlfriend Jessica and her children, as well as the intervention of Dr. Now. By the end of his episode, he had lost a staggering 388 pounds, more than half of his entire body weight. Finally, things were starting to look up for Cillas and his family.

By the looks of it, Cillas is still continuing to make progress despite having a rather hectic life, based on the photos on his Facebook page. It looks like he's slimmed down even from April of 2019, if the photograph he used for a GoFundMe is any indication. Congrats on losing the weight, Cillas!

Destinee Lashaee's transformation since My 600-lb Life is nothing short of jaw-dropping

What a journey it's been for Destinee Lashaee, one Season 7 star of My 600-lb Life. After being assigned male at birth and dealing with a tumultuous upbringing in the foster care system, Destinee found herself incredibly depressed. Then, after coming out as a transgender woman (following coming out as a gay man), Destinee faced additional isolation — and was severely traumatized by the untimely death of her brother. By the time her episode premiered, Destinee was 669 pounds and was fully aware that she was running out of time.

Fortunately Destinee was able to turn it all around, thanks to weight-loss surgery and effective mental health care. So when the cameras finally stopped rolling, Destinee had dropped 229 pounds, meaning she weighed 440 pounds and was clearly working the program.

Fast-forward to today, and prepare to have your jaw drop when you see how much progress Destinee has made. She's not afraid to strut it on social media, either on her Facebook or her Instagram page. Perhaps the best news is that Destinee qualified for skin removal surgery on her abdomen, and she is loving her life more than ever.

My 600-lb Life's David Bolton has kept off the weight, and he got engaged

When David Bolton began his weight loss journey with Dr. Now, he weighed in at 747 pounds, and he was unable to work or do much for himself. Fortunately, the Season 6 star was able to turn it all around and lose a whopping amount of weight, finishing his episode at 420 pounds. Later, fans of David learned that he had slimmed down even more, thanks to a family member who said in a Facebook comment that the My 600-lb Life star was 295 pounds, as reported by Starcasm.

In addition to a seriously impressive weight loss, David celebrated another milestone when he and his longtime girlfriend announced that they were getting married, according to a post on his Facebook page. "A wave can start with a single ripple and my ripple was Carrie the love of my life my future my soul," he wrote on Facebook (via Starcasm). Congrats, you two!

In other news, David was the second cast member of My 600-lb Life to file suit against Megalomedia, accusing the production company of a variety of ills, according to Starcasm

Justin McSwain looks like an entirely new person since his days on My 600-lb Life

South Carolina native Justin McSwain was 688 pounds when he decided to turn his life around and get weight loss surgery. Perhaps one of the most compliant patients to appear on My 600-lb Life, he responded well to Dr. Now's program, and he managed to lose half of his body weight by the end of his Season 7 show. Justin closed out his episode by getting matching tattoos with his father to commemorate his journey.

Justin's healthy efforts were far from over, though, as he's nearly unrecognizable in photos on his Facebook page. While he hasn't publicly said how much weight he's dropped, it's clear that Justin continues to put in the work, and he is looking super svelte and happier than ever. He spends his time palling around with his dog, traveling to places like New Orleans for vacation, attending conferences about being a bariatric athlete, and getting inked with fellow My 600-lb Life alumni.

According to his Facebook profile, Justin has moved back to South Carolina, where he works as a graphic designer.

My 600-lb Life star Tiffany Barker looks amazing and has celebrated a huge personal milestone

Tiffany Barker made the decision to get healthy after her size made it impossible for her to work and therefore she was reliant on her boyfriend for care and support. At about 673 pounds, she had a lot to overcome, which wasn't made any easier by the unhealthy habits that her boyfriend continued having at home. But Tiffany managed to prevail, ending her episode over 250 pounds lighter than where she started.

Tiffany continued her progress even after the camera stopped rolling, and not just with weight loss. According to a post on her Instagram page, Tiffany was able to celebrate accomplishing yet another personal goal. "Today, I got sent home early from work for hitting overtime," she shared in the accompanying video. "Never thought I'd be able to do that physically and still be able to function." Well done, Tiffany!

Tiffany also broke up with her boyfriend, which she shared in a comment on a since-deleted Instagram post. 

Alicia Kirgan from My 600-lb Life continues to put in the work

Like nearly all of the stars of My 600-lb Life, Alicia Kirgan had a traumatic childhood that left lasting scars, thanks to her parents' fighting and substance issues. To that end, Alicia turned to food for comfort, which eventually led to the addiction that caused her to weigh in at a peak of 622 pounds.

Fortunately, with Dr. Now's help and a lot of effort, Alicia was able to stop causing herself damage and start focusing on her health. By the end of her episode, she was down to 436 pounds, and from the looks of it, she's still making some pretty insane progress. "The last three years, while amazing, have been some of the most challenging of my life, and with all the changes ahead of me I don't see it easing up... but this is life," she wrote in a Facebook post. "This is what I worked hard to be able to do, live a fulfilling exciting life!" No wonder she's all smiles on her social media!

My 600-lb. Life's Lindsey Witte is still making progress in life and in love


Season 8 of My 600-lb Life was a pretty wild ride, with its fair share of stars unwilling or unable to successfully work Dr. Now's program. However, when it came to Lindsey Witte, that wasn't the case, though she started out in a pretty dire place at 648 pounds. You may recall when her partner, who was scared for Lindsey's life, told her to "eat death, Lindsey," when she made poor diet choices.

Thankfully, Lindsey got her eating and drinking under control, and dropped over 200 pounds by the time the cameras stopped rolling. These days, she shares her progress in a Facebook group, and she continues to make progress with her weight loss journey. "I am finally loving the person [staring] back [at] me in the mirror and I'm constantly evolving," she shared in a Facebook post (via Starcasm). "There isn't a day that goes by where I am not thankful, grateful or believe I am extremely blessed for this second chance at life." We love to see it!

Christina Phillips from My 600-lb Life looks totally different now

When My 600-lb Life's Christina Phillips decided she needed to change her life, she was 708 pounds at just 23 years of age. At the time, Christina was eating approximately 7,000 calories per day, which is exponentially higher that the recommended daily allowance (via Healthline). It's no wonder, then, that Christina turned to Dr. Now for help.

Fast-forward to today, and you can barely recognize the woman who Christina once was. In fact, at one point, she'd dropped so much weight (her lowest recorded weight was 172 pounds) that she struggled with her body image, as she had a ton of excess skin. Fortunately, Christina has found her happy place, and she now runs 5Ks and spends quality time with her nephews. "I am alive, I am better than I was and all I can do is focus on myself," she revealed in a chat with Starcasm. "I'm thankful for where I am at and being able to share my story with others."

To top off the good news, Christina announced she was pregnant in an August 2020 Facebook post, and she later changed her Instagram bio to include "Mommy to Ethan 2/3/21." Congrats, Christina!

My 600-lb Life's James Jones has lost an astonishing amount of weight

My 600-lb Lifestar James Jones weighed in at 728 pounds the first time he stepped on Dr. Now's scale. Having lost both his father and his sister to weight-related issues, James knew that he couldn't keep going down the path he was dangerously treading on. 

In fact, James got so serious about the doctor's program that he shed over half of his bodyweight by the end of his episode. And it didn't stop there! "I weighed 239 [pounds] last month when I went to the oncologist," James revealed in a 2019 interview with Starcasm. That means he has dropped nearly 500 pounds, which is one of the most impressive losses in My 600-lb Life history. That puts him pretty close to Christina Phillips, who underwent a seriously stunning transformation herself.

You can find James on social media, as he's fairly active on his Facebook page. Other than sustaining some injuries from a pretty major car accident, he appears to be thriving, and we couldn't be happier for him!

My 600-lb Life's Sarah Neely's life just keeps getting better and better

When Sarah Neely was first introduced to viewers of My 600-lb Life, she was 642 pounds and 24 years old. Additionally, she had a majorly bad cellulitis infection and was unable to care for herself or her body. To that end, she departed Ohio and relocated to Texas to seek help from Dr. Now. 

While her first few months in the doctor's program didn't go very well, Sarah eventually got on track, dropping to under 400 pounds by the time the cameras were shut off. After that, she continued to shed excess pounds until she weighed in at a svelte 197 pounds (via Starcasm). That is some insanely good progress!

While it hasn't all been sunshine and roses for Sarah — she struggled with addiction and entered rehab in 2019, according to an Instagram post — things just keep getting better and better for her. For one, she got married in 2020, according to a Facebook post; months later, she and her husband welcomed their first child into the world, according to another post. Clearly, Sarah is living her best life!

Brandi Dreier from My 600-lb Life is loving life as a mama

When Brandi Dreier started her weight loss journey with Dr. Now, she was nearly 600 pounds. Due to childhood sexual trauma and parents with substance abuse issues, Brandi found comfort when she turned to food, which numbed the pain and brought her a welcome distraction. However, things spiraled out of control, and she knew she needed help.

Brandi had tried to lose weight before, but it wasn't until My 600-lb Lifecame along that she found a way to turn her life around. "We've been trying to go through this process for a long time, and it just happened at the right time," she said of her and her sister in an interview with People. "I was terrified of going on camera, but it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so we took it."

Take it she did, as by the end of her episode of My 600-lb Life, Brandi had dropped over 200 pounds. She clearly lost even more than that, if her Facebook posts are anything to go by (via Starcasm). Additionally, Brandi welcomed her second child with her partner in late 2020, according to Starcasm. Talk about a happy ending!

My 600-lb Life's Kandi Dreier is so much healthier today than she was

You can't talk about Brandi Dreier without also discussing her twin, Kandi Dreier. Like her sister, Kandi's weight was a serious problem, as she was 604 pounds when she stepped on Dr. Now's scale on My 600-lb Life. But like her sister, Kandi was determined to reclaim her life and shed her excess weight. So she rolled up her sleeves and got to work.

However, when Kandi was on the operating table during her weight loss surgery, her heart stopped and a pulmonary embolism, and she had to be put into a medically-induced coma. Fortunately, she eventually rallied and was able to make a full recovery. "There's not been any other setbacks," she revealed in a chat with People. "It's like it didn't even happen."

Kandi is looking slender these days, which you can see in a post on her Facebook page. She's also a doting aunt who's gotten into kayaking and started dating a new woman in 2020. 

Travis Henry from My 600-lb Life has kept a lot of the weight off

Another success story from Season 8 of My 600-lb Life was Travis Henry, a musician and songwriter from Texas. After experiencing childhood neglect and developing abandonment issues, Travis found solace in food when the people in his life let him down. However, Henry's life changed when he met his wife, Yazmin; after a long period of rendering her an enabler, Travis decided to turn things around.

Travis was 617 pounds when he first stepped on Dr. Now's scale, but he quickly started making progress on his weight loss journey. By the end of his episode, he'd lost 240 pounds and was able to resume all of the activities that he couldn't do at his peak weight. Of course, that made Yazmin incredibly happy.

Travis occasionally posts on Instagram, so that's how fans know that he and Yazmin are still going strong. He shared a snap of the two of them heading to the movies (before COVID-19), something he wasn't able to do at 600 pounds. He also posted a vlog on his YouTube page, so you can see what Travis' day-to-day life is like. Love it!


Life my 600lb

Since 2012, TLC’s My 600-Lb. Life has documented several shocking and inspirational weight loss stories that have resulted in some amazing before-and-after photos. The unscripted series follows participants as they undergo gastric bypass surgery to lose weight, but once their journey is over, fans are left wondering where they are now.

Unlike shows like The Biggest Loser in which the majority of participants gain the weight back, all the people featured on My 600-Lb. Life are assisted by a doctor to help with giving them realistic diet and exercise tips. The series also reveals that gastric bypass isn’t a magical operation that’ll make you instantly skinny with no work.

Past participants who’ve had the surgery but didn’t maintain their doctor’s strict diet and exercise regimen quickly gained the weight back.

By following the game plan of famed bariatric surgeon Dr. Nowzaradan, there are several patients, however, who are able to kick-start their wellness journey and stay on track.

“It’s a daily challenge to work with some patients that can be self-destructive,” The Scale Does Not Lie, People Do author told Peoplemagazine in 2017. “My job is not to get aggravated, but to find a way to motivate them to work hard to get to their goals. There are times where I think it’s necessary for some tough love and I have to be stern with them, so I show some of my concern and frustration.”

The show also reveals other factors that come into play when a clinically obese person tries to lose weight, such as the psychological toll. Then there’s the more interesting factor of how extreme weight loss affects relationships. Many of My 600-Lb. Life‘s success stories have ended with divorce. Past participants have revealed that the change to their bodies was so stark, it caused a strain on their marriages, particularly if their spouse became “jealous.”

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Overall, the series is excellent at showing the multi-faceted layers of obesity and how it affects friends, family and ultimately, the person who weighs more than 600 pounds.

From rememberable stars like Christina Phillips, who impressively shrank from 700 pounds to just 183, to infamous ones like Penny Saeger who was criticized online for being “lazy” for not losing any weight, see what all the stars from the hit reality show look like today, and find out if they’ve kept the weight off.

Scroll through the gallery below to see all of the inspiring before and after photos!

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