The weight and wait are upon us as TLC has yet to announce a season five of My 600-lb Life – one of television’s most fascinating shows.
The show’s fourth season has had the highest ratings to date, as stories of the enormously obese and their path to weight-loss in front of a camera makes for riveting TV.
They are mostly tragic stories of loss, abuse and abandonment, and various childhood traumas never fully dealt with. Many, if not most, are literally addicted to food.
What do most all of these people have in common other than being huge? They are poor.
Scientific studies lay out data on how poor people are forced by circumstance to suffer obesity issues more than affluent people, despite having less money to buy food. It basically comes down to the fact that carbs are cheap. But carbs make us fat and consuming too many give us diseases like Type 2 diabetes.
Each one-hour episode of My 600-lb life tracks a year in the life of one super-obese person undergoing gastric bypass surgery, looking at what their daily life is like and the enablers around them that helped get them to this morbid state.
They often endure constant pain, and live with open ulcerations and sores. Commonly, they have an inability to eliminate waste properly, suffer from body odor due to a lack of thorough cleansing, and are prone to abscesses, lipedema, lipomas, cellulitis and other horrendous skin conditions.
Here we look back at the twelve participants of My 600-lb Life’s Season 4, in chronological order.
12 Lupe’s Story (March 23)
Diabetic Lupe Samano, 40, has spent the last ten years in bed and is must be cared 100% by her husband.
Lupe was obese by age five when her dad abandoned her. At age six she weighed 100 pounds.
Her mother had a nervous breakdown and then Lupe went to live with her grandma.
At 28, she suffered from kidney failure that sent her into a diabetic coma and created other complications.
11Sean’s Story (March 16)
900+ pound Sean is loaded with festering sores in his fat folds…