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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 episodes70 (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 time60–120 minutes
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 will be filmed 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

As of February 2019, all but five of the patients involved in this series are still alive despite their potentially life-threatening condition of morbid obesity.

  • Henry Foots, who was featured in season one, died of an illness unrelated to his weight loss surgery in 2013.[3]
  • Robert Buchel was featured in season six and died in November 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]

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.[8]

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)[9]
514January 4, 2017 (2017-01-04)April 16, 2017 (2017-04-16)
618January 3, 2018 (2018-01-03)May 9, 2018 (2018-05-09)
7TBAJanuary 2, 2019 (2019-01-02)TBA
Season 1
Ep Patient Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (7 yrs)
1/2 Melissa Morris 31 years old Livingston, TX 653 lbs 240 lbs
3 Donald Shelton 34 years old Pasadena, TX 675 lbs 390 lbs
4 Henry Foots 47 years old Houston, TX 715 lbs 290 lbs Deceased, age 54
5 Ashley Randall 24 years old TX 617 lbs 253.1 lbs
Season 2
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.)
1 Zsalynn Whitworth 42 years old San Antonio, TX 596.7 lbs 349.9 lbs
2 Olivia Cruz 46 years old Chicago, IL 580.3 lbs 256.4 lbs
3 Penny Saeger 45 years old Elkton, MD 530 lbs 495 lbs
4 Chuck Turner 45 years old Beaumont, TX 693.7 lbs 343 lbs
5 Christina Phillips 22 years old South Haven, MS 639.7 lbs 390 lbs
6 Paula Jones 39 years old Jonesboro, GA 533.8 lbs 390.5 lbs
7 James Jones 37 years old Frankston, TX 728 lbs 376.7 lbs
8 Tara Taylor 35 years old Lafayette, LA 606 lbs 328 lbs
Season 3
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.)
1 Amber Rachdi 23 years old Troutdale, OR 657.6 lbs 390.5 lbs
2 Susan Farmer 37 years old Eddy, TX 607.6 lbs 340 lbs
3 Pauline Potter 50 years old Sacramento, CA 673.5 lbs 529 lbs
4 Bettie Jo Elmore 24 years old Potosi, MO 654 lbs 498.7 lbs
5 Angel Parrish 42 years old Kerrville, TX 570.04 lbs 261.8 lbs
6 Joe Wexler 31 years old Johnson City, TN 777 lbs 592.6 lbs
7 Laura Perez 41 years old San Antonio TX 594.6 lbs 357.8 lbs
8 Charity Pierce 39 years old Houston, TX 778.8 lbs 496.6 lbs
9 Chay Guillory 23 years old Charenton, LA 597.5 lbs 478.7 lbs
10 Marla McCants 43 years old Nashville, TN 800 lbs 534.2 lbs
Season 4
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.)
2 Nikki Webster 33 years old Little Rock, AR 626 lbs 443.4 lbs
3 Brittani Fulfer 32 years old Tualatin, OR 605 lbs 375.6 lb
4 Chad Dean 42 years old Hagerstown, MD 701.4 lbs 441.5 lbs
5 June McCamey 43 years old Houston, TX 590.5 lbs 389.2 lbs
6 Dottie Perkins 34 years old Oxford, MS 641.9 lbs 520 lbs
7 Gideon Yeakley 33 years old Mustang, OK 649.9 lbs 429.6 lbs
8 Ashley Dunn-Bratcher 27 years old Kemp, TX 725.1 lbs 470.5 lbs
9 Teretha Hollis-Neely 47 years old Detroit, MI 752.6+ lbs 528 lbs
10 Randy Statum 35 years old Hull, TX 655.9 lbs 441.9 lbs
11 Milla Clark 47 years old Fayetteville, TN 751 lbs 598 lbs
12 Sean Milliken 26 years old Cameron Park, CA 919 lbs 548 lbs Deceased, age 29
13 Lupe Samano 39 years old San Bernardino, CA 642 lbs 342 lbs
Season 5
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.)
1 Brandi Dreier 29 years old Vancouver, WA 587.9 lbs 360 lbs
1 Kandi Dreier 29 years old Vancouver, WA 604.7 lbs 384 lbs
2 Ashley Reyes 30 years old West Hills, CA 668.8 lbs 414 lbs
3 Cynthia Wells 42 years old Oklahoma City, OK 610.3 lbs 454 lbs
4 Kirsten Perez 38 years old Longview, WA 612.5 lbs 442 lbs
5 Doug Armstrong 36 years old Wichita Falls, TX 684.8 lbs 462.4 lbs
6 Erica Wall 44 years old Lompoc, CA 661.6 lbs 471 lbs
7 Diana Bunch 55 years old Seattle, WA 601.1 lbs 359 lbs
8 Michael Dominguez 32 years old Glendale, AZ 635.9 lbs 384.7 lbs
9 Nicole Lewis 23 years old Marion, OH 684.6 lbs 521.3 lbs
10 Tanisha Cleveland 32 years old Silsbee, TX 588.7 lbs 484 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
12 Tracey Matthews 45 years old Lorain, OH 605.9 lbs 388 lbs
13/14 Steven Assanti 33 years old Cranston, RI 730.8 lbs 624 lbs
13/14 Justin Assanti 27 years old Cranston, RI 604.2 lbs Unknown
Season 6
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.)
1 Rena Kiser 39 years old Houston, MO 549 lbs 278 lbs
1 Lee Sutton 42 years old Houston, MO 714 lbs 411 lbs
2 Janine Mueller 53 years old Seattle, WA 678.2 lbs 566 lbs
3 Liz Evans 35 years old Freeport, TX 721.3 lbs 368 lbs
4 Alicia Kirgan 32 years old Madison, IL 622.3 lbs 452.7 lbs
5 Karina Garcia 38 years old Converse, TX 633.2 lbs 398 lbs
6 James "L.B." Bonner 29 years old Lexington, SC 642.3 lbs 326 lbs Deceased, age 30
7 Lisa Fleming 49 years old Mobile, AL 704.3 lbs Unknown, dismissed from program in Month 6 Deceased, age 50
8 Robert Buchel 41 years old Forked River, NJ 842.1 lbs 502 lbs, died during filming in Month 9 Deceased, age 41
9 Tamy Lyn Murrell 45 years old Covington, KY 591.7 lbs 346.2 lbs
10 David Bolton 35 years old Houston, TX 747.1 lbs 386 lbs
10 Benji Bolton 32 years old Houston, TX 582.5 lbs 218 lbs
11 Renee Biran 53 years old Valdosta, GA 631.8 lbs 381 lbs
12 Sarah Neeley 25 years old Dayton, OH 642.3 lbs 393 lbs
13 Schenee Murry-Hawkins 27 years old Indianapolis, IN 665.2 lbs 664.4 lbs, dismissed from program in Month 8
14 Jennifer Jess 42 years old Bend, OR 636.3 lbs 426 lbs
14 Marissa Jess 26 years old Bend, OR 573.1 lbs 341 lbs
15/16 Roshanda Perrio 30 years old Lafayette, LA 803.7 lbs 605.7 lbs
15/16 Brandie Perrio 29 years old Lafayette, LA 620.6 lbs 382.3 lbs
15/16 Clarence Perrio 33 years old Lafayette, LA 582.7 lbs 437.9 lbs
Season 7
Ep Patient Name Starting Age Location Starting Weight Ending Weight (12 mos.)
1 Octavia Gahagans 42 years old Houston, TX 692 lbs 456 lbs
2 Brianne Smith years old 742 lbs 358 lbs
3 Robin years old lbs lbs
4 Justin years old lbs lbs
5 Holly Hager years old Ellijay, GA lbs 418 lbs
6 Lacey years old lbs lbs
7 Brandon years old lbs
8 Maja years old lbs lbs
9 Tiffany years old lbs lbs

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. ^ 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)
  9. ^ "My 600-lb Life". January 1, 2000. Retrieved April 20, 2017 – via IMDb.

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