Tonight on a new episode of TLC’s My 600-lb Life, James reveals the tragic tale of his from a lifetime of tragedy and setbacks.
James goes by the nickname “L.B.” and was adopted as an adorable baby, but soon became an overweight child.
Never feeling part of the family entirely despite being doted on as an infant by his three sisters and parents, L.B. struggled with inadequate feelings and imagined hurts with his adoptive family.
His father Buddy explains in the clip below how he was at a loss for why L.B. never felt their love entirely.
The trajectory never got better as L.B. succumbed to overeating to assuage his insecurity.
The story gets complicated as we hear from L.B.’s mother that it was his favorite Aunt Dora, named “Maw 2” who enabled L.B., catering to his calorific whims and giving him a cavalcade of carbs and fatty treats whenever he wanted, even late at night.
L.B. says: “It was always beef steaks or pigs in a blanket or snack cakes…I guess that’s when I started associating that comforting feeling with food.”
But L.B.’s mother puts a fine point on his childhood stays with Aunt Dora, saying: “They spoilt him.”
Over the years, after he lost his beloved indulging aunt Dora to cancer, suffered a torn ACL that essentially ended his promising football career and then endured a tragic accident that changed his life forever, things went from bad to worse.
Now that L.B. has surged to over 600-lb he must depend on his family to take care of him.
Hopefully, weight-loss expert Dr. Younan Nowzaradan can help L.B. completely hit the reset button on why and how he eats, and change or face his mortality sooner than he would like.
My 600-lb life airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on TLC.