TLC’s My 600-lb Life is a painful look at morbidly obese individuals who are disabled by weight and usually homebound.
It is raw and it is frightening as it reveals the layers of trauma, depression, and anxiety that each person in this situation feels and how they are trying to reverse the damage as best they can.
Food addiction is not pretty. It’s lethal and drives people to eat and eat until their skin is so distorted it cannot heal.
Their skeletons are permanently altered so they are never quite right even after massive weight loss.
They suffer incontinence, skin diseases, degenerative arthritis, diabetes, venous stasis disease that causes elephant sized legs, and other nasty side effects.
Despite all these negatives, their drive to eat is rooted in deep psychological trauma that has to be unraveled. Why do people eat themselves into a grotesque prison?
Severely obese persons are more than six times as likely to develop heart disease as those who fall within normal weight ranges.
There is a process these mega obese people need to go through just to get small enough for possible weight-loss surgery.
Once they can get to a certain weight they can then plan for life-saving gastric bypass operations. But a lot has to change before that is offered. Eating habits have to be relearned, trust has to be established and intentions have to be clear.
Enter My 600-lb Life’s Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, the truth-telling pull-no-punches doctor who shakes sense into and supports these damaged souls.
For Dr. Nowzaradan, a Houston-based specialist with the super obese, it is more than just diet and counseling.
Addiction, dependence, and abusive relationships are all in this upcoming season of 14 two-hour episodes, as we follow the unfortunate people who come to him for help.
What to expect this season:
Up first are 29-year-old identical twin sisters Brandi, 575-lbs, and Kandi, 604-lbs, who enable one another while they both eat themselves to the brink of death.
Why? They had a “chaotic household with alcoholic parents”. They sleep in the same bed and use food to self-comfort.
No leg to stand on
Tracey, a 44-year-old woman weighing over 600-lbs, shows how obesity leads to a massive disfiguring of her legs, each weighing over 150-lbs each.
A family affair of bed sores and festering ulcers
Meet bed-bound James, who weighs 800-lbs but was once an active man. His entire family is plagued with fat: Brothers Steven, 34 years old and 787-lbs, and Justin, 27 years old and 540-lbs. Their trigger? Parents who divorced.
My 600-lb Life is back for its fifth season on Wednesday, January 4 at 8/7c.