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My 600-lb Life is a reality television series that has aired on the TLC television network since 2012. Each episode follows a year in the life of morbidly obese individuals, who 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.

My 600-lb Life
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GenreReality
Directed byJonathan Nowzaradan
Conor McAnally
StarringYounan Nowzaradan, MD
Composer(s)David Hamburger
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes93 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jack Tarantino
Cameo Wallace
Ron Bowman
Jeff Keels
Graham Davidson
Tom Mireles
Jonathan Nowzaradan
Producer(s)Leslie Appleyard
Amy Yerrington
Dawn Cooper Johnson
Production location(s)Houston, Texas
CinematographyTaylor Rudd
Editor(s)Shrader Thomas
Jennifer Kovacs
Gareth Dawson
John Gehrke
Knox Hughes
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time60 Mins (Season 1-4), 120 Mins (Season 5-)
Production company(s)Megalomedia
DistributorThe Learning Channel
Release
Original networkThe Learning Channel (TLC)
Original releaseFebruary 1, 2012 (2012-02-01) –
present
External links
Website

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]

Contents

ConceptEdit

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.

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 outcomesEdit

Six 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]
  • Robert Buchel was featured in season six and died on November 15, 2017 during filming of the show, as a result of a heart attack while staying in a skilled nursing facility in Houston.[4] Buchel's death was the first in the series to be featured during the patient's respective episode.
  • James “L.B.” Bonner, who was also featured on the sixth season of the show, died on August 2, 2018, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.[5]
  • Lisa Fleming, a third sixth season participant, died on August 23, 2018.[6]
  • Sean Milliken, who was chronicled on the fourth season of the show, died on February 17, 2019 from an infection.[7]
  • Kelly Mason, a participant on the show's seventh season, died on February 15, 2019 from a heart attack. Mason's death was the second in the series to be featured during the patient's respective episode.[8]

Susan Farmer, who appeared in an episode on the show's third season, notably faced neuropathy as a result of her weight, which was profiled on the show.[9]

Spin offEdit

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 2018, four seasons of the Where Are They Now? follow-ups have aired.

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
16February 1, 2012 (2012-02-01)March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26)TLC
28January 7, 2014 (2014-01-07)February 25, 2014 (2014-02-25)
310January 7, 2015 (2015-01-07)April 8, 2015 (2015-04-08)
414January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)May 18, 2016 (2016-05-18)[10]
514January 4, 2017 (2017-01-04)April 16, 2017 (2017-04-16)
618January 3, 2018 (2018-01-03)May 9, 2018 (2018-05-09)
720January 2, 2019 (2019-01-02)May 15, 2019 (2019-05-15)
Season 1
Ep Patient Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (7 yrs) Total Weight Loss (7 yrs.) Notes
1/2 Melissa Morris 31 years old Livingston, TX 653 pounds (296 kg) 240 pounds (110 kg) 413 pounds (187 kg)
3 Donald Shelton 34 years old Pasadena, TX 675 pounds (306 kg) 390 pounds (180 kg) 285 pounds (129 kg)
4 Henry Foots 47 years old Houston, TX 715 pounds (324 kg) 275 pounds (125 kg) 440 pounds (200 kg) Deceased, age 54
5 Ashley Randall 24 years old Killeen, TX 617 pounds (280 kg) 253.1 pounds (114.8 kg) 364 pounds (165 kg)
Season 2
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos. or from later peak weight) Notes
1 Zsalynn Whitworth 42 years old San Antonio, TX 596.7 lbs 349.9 lbs 248 lbs
2 Olivia Cruz 46 years old Chicago, IL 580.3 lbs 241 lbs 339 lbs
3 Penny Saeger 45 years old Elkton, MD 530 lbs 495 lbs 35 lbs
4 Chuck Turner 45 years old Beaumont, TX 693.7 lbs 268.5 lbs 425 lbs
5 Christina Phillips 22 years old South Haven, MS 639.7 lbs 390 lbs 318 lbs (EPW-earlier peak weight)
6 Paula Jones 39 years old Jonesboro, GA 533.8 lbs 390.5 lbs 160 lbs (LPW)
7 James Jones 37 years old Frankston, TX 728 lbs 376.7 lbs 352 lbs
8 Tara Taylor 35 years old Lafayette, LA 606 lbs 328 lbs 278 lbs
Season 3
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos. or from later peak weight) Notes
1 Amber Rachdi 23 years old Troutdale, OR 657.6 lbs 390.5 lbs 267 lbs
2 Susan Farmer 37 years old Eddy, TX 607.6 lbs 340 lbs 267 lbs
3 Pauline Potter 50 years old Sacramento, CA 673.5 lbs 529 lbs 149 lbs (LPW)
4 Bettie Jo Elmore 24 years old Potosi, MO 654 lbs 498.7 lbs 156 lbs
5 Angel Parrish 42 years old Kerrville, TX 570.4 lbs 261.8 lbs 309 lbs
6 Joe Wexler 31 years old Johnson City, TN 777 lbs 592.6 lbs 200 lbs (LPW)
7 Laura Perez 41 years old San Antonio TX 594.6 lbs 357.8 lbs 237 lbs
8 Charity Pierce 39 years old Houston, TX 778.8 lbs 496.6 lbs 291 lbs (EPW-earlier peak weight)
9 Chay Guillory 23 years old Charenton, LA 597.5 lbs 478.7 lbs 119 lbs
10 Marla McCants 43 years old Nashville, TN 800 lbs (estimated) 534.2 lbs 266 lbs (estimated)
Season 4
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos. or from later peak weight) Notes
2 Nikki Webster 33 years old Little Rock, AR 649.7 lbs 443.4 lbs 207 lbs
3 Brittani Fulfer 32 years old Tualatin, OR 605 lbs 375.6 lbs 230 lbs
4 Chad Dean 42 years old Hagerstown, MD 701.4 lbs 441.5 lbs 260 lbs
5 June McCamey 43 years old Houston, TX 590.5 lbs 389.2 lbs 201 lbs
6 Dottie Perkins 34 years old Oxford, MS 641.9 lbs 520 lbs 149 lbs (LPW)
7 Gideon Yeakley 33 years old Mustang, OK 649.9 lbs 429.6 lbs 220 lbs
8 Ashley Dunn-Bratcher 27 years old Kemp, TX 725.1 lbs 470.5 lbs 255 lbs
9 Teretha Hollis-Neely 47 years old Detroit, MI 800 lbs (estimated) 461 lbs 339 lbs
10 Randy Statum 35 years old Hull, TX 655.9 lbs 441.9 lbs 214 lbs
11 Milla Clark 47 years old Fayetteville, TN 751 lbs 598 lbs 153 lbs
12 Sean Milliken 26 years old Cameron Park, CA 919 lbs 548 lbs 455 lbs (LPW) Deceased, age 29
13 Lupe Samano 39 years old San Bernardino, CA 642 lbs 360 lbs 295 lbs (LPW)
Season 5
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos. or from later peak weight) Notes
1 Brandi Dreier 29 years old Vancouver, WA 587.9 lbs 360 lbs 228 lbs
1 Kandi Dreier 29 years old Vancouver, WA 604.7 lbs 384 lbs 220 lbs
2 Ashley Reyes 30 years old West Hills, CA 668.8 lbs 414 lbs 254 lbs
3 Cynthia Wells 42 years old Oklahoma City, OK 610.3 lbs 454 lbs 156 lbs
4 Kirsten Perez 38 years old Longview, WA 612.5 lbs 442 lbs 170 lbs
5 Doug Armstrong 36 years old Wichita Falls, TX 684.8 lbs 462.4 lbs 222 lbs
6 Erica Wall 44 years old Lompoc, CA 661.6 lbs 471 lbs 190 lbs
7 Diana Bunch 55 years old Seattle, WA 601.1 lbs 336 lbs 265 lbs
8 Michael Dominguez 32 years old Glendale, AZ 635.9 lbs 348.7 lbs 287 lbs
9 Nicole Lewis 23 years old Marion, OH 684.6 lbs 521.3 lbs 163 lbs
10 Tanisha Cleveland 32 years old Silsbee, TX 588.7 lbs (later 603 lbs) 484 lbs 119 lbs Took place over 2 years
11 James King 46 years old Paducah, KY 735 lbs 788.6 lbs, dismissed from program in Month 11 55 lbs (LPW)
12 Tracey Matthews 45 years old Lorain, OH 605.9 lbs 388 lbs 218 lbs
13/14 Steven Assanti 33 years old Cranston, RI 730.8 lbs 677.5 lbs 131 lbs (LPW)
13/14 Justin Assanti 27 years old Cranston, RI 604.2 lbs Unknown Unknown
Season 6
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos. or from later peak weight) Notes
1 Rena Kiser 39 years old Houston, MO 549 lbs 278 lbs 271 lbs
1 Lee Sutton 42 years old Houston, MO 714 lbs 411 lbs 303 lbs
2 Janine Mueller 53 years old Seattle, WA 678.2 lbs 566 lbs 112 lbs
3 Liz Evans 35 years old Freeport, TX 721.3 lbs 368 lbs 353 lbs
4 Alicia Kirgan 32 years old Madison, IL 622.3 lbs 436 lbs 186 lbs
5 Karina Garcia 38 years old Converse, TX 633.2 lbs 398 lbs 235 lbs
6 James "L.B." Bonner 29 years old Lexington, SC 642.3 lbs 326 lbs 316 lbs Deceased, age 30
7 Lisa Fleming 49 years old Mobile, AL 704.3 lbs Unknown, dismissed from program in Month 6 Unknown Deceased, age 50
8 Robert Buchel 41 years old Forked River, NJ 842.1 lbs 502 lbs, died during filming in Month 9 340 lbs Deceased, age 41
9 Tamy Lyn Murrell 45 years old Covington, KY 591.7 lbs 346.2 lbs 246 lbs
10 David Bolton 35 years old Houston, TX 747.1 lbs 386 lbs 361 lbs
10 Benji Bolton 32 years old Houston, TX 582.5 lbs 218 lbs 364 lbs
11 Renee Biran 53 years old Valdosta, GA 631.8 lbs 381 lbs 250 lbs
12 Sarah Neeley 25 years old Dayton, OH 642.3 lbs 393 lbs 260 lbs
13 Schenee Murry-Hawkins 27 years old Indianapolis, IN 665.2 lbs 664.4 lbs, dismissed from program in Month 8 48 lbs
14 Jennifer Jess 42 years old Bend, OR 636.3 lbs 426 lbs 210 lbs
14 Marissa Jess 26 years old Bend, OR 573.1 lbs 341 lbs 232 lbs
15/16 Roshanda Perrio 30 years old Lafayette, LA 803.7 lbs 605.7 lbs 198 lbs+ (final weight given at 11 mos.)
15/16 Brandie Perrio 29 years old Lafayette, LA 620.6 lbs 382.3 lbs 238 lbs+ (final weight given at 11 mos.)
15/16 Clarence Perrio 33 years old Lafayette, LA 582.7 lbs 437.9 lbs 145 lbs+ (final weight given at 9 mos.)
Season 7
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.) Total Weight Loss (12 mos. or from later peak weight) Notes
1 Octavia Gahagans 42 years old Kansas City, MO 692.3 lbs 456 lbs 236 lbs
2 Brianne Dias 30 years old Florence, OR 742.2 lbs 358 lbs 384 lbs+ (ended at 11 mos.)
3 Robin Mckinley 40 years old Meade, KS 648.7 lbs 395 lbs 253 lbs
3 Garrett Rogers 20 years old Meade, KS 607.3 lbs 337 lbs 270 lbs
4 Justin McSwain 27 years old Rock Hill, SC 687.5 lbs 353.5 lbs 334 lbs
5 Holly Hager 38 years old Ellijay, GA 658.1 lbs 418 lbs 240 lbs
6 Lacey Hodder 29 years old Bay City, MI 691.2 lbs 435 lbs 256 lbs
7 Brandon Scott 33 years old Columbus, OH 718.4 lbs 383.7 lbs 335 lbs
8 Maja Radanovic 33 years old Portland, OR 689.4 lbs 592.5 lbs, left program in Month 8 97 lbs
9 Tiffany Barker 28 years old Marysville, WA 672.5 lbs 415 lbs 257 lbs
10 Destinee LaShaee 27 years old Pineville, LA 669 lbs 440 lbs 229 lbs
11 Jeanne Covey 39 years old Big Sandy, TX 702.4 lbs 670.7 lbs, left program in Month 6 32 lbs
12 Aaron Washer 30 years old New Braunfels, TX 718.1 lbs 402.7 lbs 315 lbs
13 Kelly Mason 41 years old Greensboro, NC 725.5 lbs 383 lbs, died during filming in Month 10 342 lbs Deceased, age 41
14 Annjeanette Whaley 30 years old Hillsboro, OR 679.1 lbs 405 lbs 274 lbs
15 Angela Gutierrez 44 years old Ross, OH 608.4 lbs No second weigh-in, left program in Month 8 Unknown
16 LaShanta White 39 years old Kenner, LA 662 lbs 529.5 lbs, briefly dismissed from program in Month 9 160 lbs (LPW)
17 Cillas Givens 35 years old Fairview, OK 729 lbs 313 lbs 416 lbs
18 Mercedes Cephas 37 years old Cincinnati, OH 773.2 lbs 692 lbs 81 lbs
19 Angela Johns 39 years old Massillon, OH 643.3 lbs 594.6 lbs, dismissed from program in Month 8 49 lbs
20 Vianey Rodriguez 35 years old Chicago, IL 594.8 lbs+ (1st weigh in at month 4) 369 lbs 226 lbs+ (made some progress before first weigh-in)
20 Allen Lewis 51 years old Chicago, IL 648.1 lbs+ (1st weigh in at month 4) 376 lbs 272 lbs+ (made some progress before first weigh-in)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ King, Brittany (May 30, 2017). "My 600-Lb. Life Dr. Nowzaradan on Why It's Difficult for Patients to Keep the Weight Off". People. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "'My 600-lb Life: Where are They Now?': Have They Kept The Weight Off?". The Huffington Post. March 27, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  3. ^ "Henry Foots Obituary". Retrieved November 17, 2017 – via Legacy.com.
  4. ^ Bever, Lindsey (March 2, 2018). "A 'My 600-lb Life' participant died while filming his fight to lose weight". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "'My 600-Lb Life' Star L.B. Bonner Dead At 30". Aug 3, 2018. Retrieved Feb 20, 2019.
  6. ^ Hearon, Sarah (August 24, 2018). "'My 600-lb Life' Star Lisa Fleming Dead at 50". US Weekly. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "TMZ". m.tmz.com. Retrieved Feb 20, 2019.
  8. ^ https://www.inquisitr.com/5364122/kelly-my-600-lb-life-dies-heart-failure
  9. ^ Langston, Charlie (February 12, 2015). "Obese woman faces permanent paralysis after undergoing drastic weight loss surgery in the latest episode of My 600lb Life". Daily Mail. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  10. ^ "My 600-lb Life". January 1, 2000. Retrieved April 20, 2017 – via IMDb.

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