This week on my 600-lb Life on TLC, we meet a mother named Coliesa McMillian. She will challenge some people’s ideas of who a typical 600-lb subject is.
Her health is so precarious that you wonder if she is just done with living and ready to go.
One of the hardest things to do when watching My 600-lb Life on TLC is to not judge. We all do it.
How did they get that big? Why do they eat what they eat? Don’t they have any self-respect?
But what we learn in the preview below is that her will to live is there. Her will to improve her lot is there. The deep psychology that affects all these people who are spotlighted is examined.
No easy answers. The path to some semblance of health is equally as hard and often times defeating for anyone that morbidly obese.
Who is Coliesa McMillian?
Coliesa McMillian is a mother first and foremost. The four best reasons for Coliesa McMillian to stay alive are her daughters.
But after a heart attack and losing the love of her life in a car crash, Coliesa is addicted to food and eats to escape from reality. Unless she can stop that, her next heart attack will be not only guaranteed but fatal.
At age 23, she had her second daughter Hannah. At age 25, she had Caitlyn. Then at age 29, Coliesa’s husband was arrested after the birth of her fourth child, Sadie.
She weighed 500 pounds at that point.
She packed her kids up in the middle of the night and moved to Louisiana to get away from him at age 30. At age 31, she met her love, Melvin. They instantly fell for each other.
Life got better for a while, then calamity struck. At age 39, she had her first heart attack. Luckily, her brother was there and able to call the ambulance.
Her size prevented the doctors from operating on her, her heart never repaired from the first cardiac event.
Losing the love of her life
She lost her love Melvin in a car accident, and it devastated her. She used food to comfort, and this led her to become bedridden.
She has allowed food to waste her life and even take over her life. “I spend the majority of time in my bed,” she explains, adding: “I’ve allowed food to waste my life.”
She is exhausted of this life, she says in the preview clip from TLC. “My heart can give out at any time,” she says.
“I cannot give up, I have to be here for my kids,” she adds.
She knows she is a ticking time bomb and that her body is trying to give up.
Tune in tonight to see her journey.
My 600-lb Life airs on Wednesdays at 8 pm ET on TLC.