The Sad Truth Of My 600-lb Life

TLC’s hit show My 600-lb Life has been on
the air since 2012, illustrating the lives of ordinary people experiencing extraordinary
obesity and showcasing their struggles before, during, and after weight loss surgery. Here’s a look at some of the things you might
not know about the reality sensation. Older than you think Dr. Nowzaradan, known as “Dr. Now” on My 600-lb
Life, is the no-nonsense surgeon in Houston, Texas, who performs the weight loss surgeries
that change people’s lives on the show. Famous for his compassionate-yet-straight-up
bedside manner, Dr. Now has performed over 2,000 weight loss surgeries, some of which
were on the most challenging patients in the world. While some may find it surprising, the Iranian-American
doctor is actually in his mid-70s. In addition to bariatric surgery, Dr. Now
performs both general and vascular surgery. His impressive skills serve as the inspiration
for out-of-town patients to move to Houston for the year-long duration of the program. Dr. Now’s son Dr. Now’s son Jonathan is a TV producer for
Megalomedia, an Austin, Texas-based production company that filmed a 2007 documentary about
Renee Williams, a local woman who weighed 841 pounds. Dr. Now performed weight loss surgery on Williams
after other doctors refused. The documentary became Half Ton Mum in the
UK, which led to follow-ups such as Half Ton Dad, Half Ton Son, and, yes, even Half Ton
Killer. Megalomedia also filmed a number of gastric
bypass patients for seven years, which was edited into the first season of My 600-lb
Life. Jonathan is also credited as an executive
producer for 17 episodes in the series. Special scale Most of the people on the show don’t know
exactly how much they weigh until they see Dr. Now. Common bathroom scales generally don’t measure
over 300 pounds, and even scales in a typical doctor’s office aren’t built to account for
such high body weight. However, according to a tweet posted by the
TLC Network, the scale in Dr. Now’s office goes up to 900 pounds. “601. Oh my gosh, you did it!” Media hounds Some of the stars of My 600-lb Life are more
prone to seeking the spotlight than others. For example, while the show did note that
Steven Assanti, who appeared on the show in 2017, had previously posted some pretty dramatic
YouTube videos… “Thank you for paying taxes, because without
you, I would not have this urinal to pee in.” They didn’t mention that he was featured on
Dr. Phil’s “House of Hate” episode in 2007 as “John Assanti.” Pauline Potter was another patient who was
featured on Dr. Phil before landing a spot on TLC. She had herself named as the Guinness Book
of World Records’ “Heaviest woman… living,” and she even appeared on Dr. Drew, claiming
she lost weight through marathon sex with her ex. “I found that a lot of people in this world
are intrigued that fat girls like sex, too.” My 600-lb Life didn’t address Potter’s previous
media presence when they aired her story. It’s possible that the producers wanted to
focus on her fight for her health instead of her tabloid exploits. Psychological damage In its earlier seasons, the show didn’t provide
much in the way of therapy, but later seasons emphasize its importance. Without this tool, many participants have
a hard time reining in their emotions and improving their habits. For example, when Kirsten Perez was a teenager,
she was violently attacked by a group of men, something she blamed herself for. “I feel like I’m in jail. I’m a prisoner in this fat. I’m a prisoner of what I’ve done to myself.” She wasn’t doing well in her attempt to lose
weight, even after gastric bypass surgery. Finally, Dr. Now ordered her to go to therapy,
refusing to treat her anymore if she didn’t go. So Perez went and talked to a therapist, who
told her, “You’ve written this narrative in your mind
where you’re just as culpable as the perpetrators, and you’re not.” She told her to let go of such responsibility. Perez took it to heart and lost 171 pounds
by the time the show was over. All the enablers Regular viewers of My 600-lb Life know that
the stars of the show all have at least one enabler, if not more, who brings them the
food they want. You might wonder why the enablers don’t simply
stop bringing them unhealthy food or take control of the grocery cart at the supermarket,
but it’s not that simple. In some instances, the show’s participants
make their caretakers’ lives miserable by hollering and throwing fits until they get
what they want. “I am feeling very weak, and if something
happens to me, you’re gonna be very sorry.” In other cases, the enablers are also heavy,
and they don’t want to change their own diets. And then there are those enablers who want
to be in that caretaker role and fear they wouldn’t be needed if their loved one gets
healthier. Regardless, in order for participants to lose
weight, the enabler has to be supportive of their journey. If they’re not, like Zsalynn Whitworth’s ex-husband
Gareth, patients will have difficulty succeeding. “I mean I’m a little bit sad because, you
know, you know, I like bigger women, so it’s a little upsetting to lose what you like.” “Untreatable” patients Dr. Now is a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery,
particularly as part of bariatric weight-loss surgery. He specializes in people who are “super-morbidly
obese,” which are patients with a Body Mass Index of 50 or more. Given that most participants on the show are
at least 600 pounds, that means many patients have a BMI of 100 or more. Some doctors who perform weight loss surgery
have a maximum limit for a client’s starting weight. For example, according to their website, the
University of California at San Francisco Medical Center has a weight limit of 450 pounds,
since that’s the biggest weight their x-ray machines can measure. Also, the more somebody weighs, the more the
risks increase, as with any surgery. This is what sets Dr. Now apart, since those
who aren’t able to get bariatric surgery anywhere else can come to his office. Messy divorce Dr. Now might seem like a low-drama fellow,
but he had his fair share when it came to his divorce. According to published legal documents, Dr.
Now’s wife of 27 years filed for divorce in 2002, citing “insupportability” and “cruel
treatment.” He filed a counter petition, also claiming
insupportability, but in the end, the court attributed fault in the marriage to Dr. Now. The court also concluded that throughout the
proceedings he had, quote, “…complicated the discovery process by concealing
and withholding records, obstructing discovery, asserting baseless privileges, failing to
disclose essential information, denying access to records, and failing to comply with court
orders.” The court reportedly awarded his wife 70 percent
of the couple’s joint assets, which was basically everything but Dr. Now’s business. No quick fix There’s a perception that weight loss surgery
is somehow cheating or is a quick, easy fix. And some people go on My 600-lb Life with
that attitude, thinking that weight loss surgery will make them thin without them having to
make lifestyle changes, but that’s definitely not the case. A few patients on the show didn’t change their
lives for the better because they continued to eat compulsively and refused to move. One particularly infamous participant named
Penny who hadn’t lost much weight exclaimed, “Where’s my yellow brick road? Why didn’t I get it? ‘Cause I’m working hard, Dr. Nowazarden, and
I’m doing good.” Meanwhile, she refused to even get out of
bed. Dr. Now often says that weight loss surgery
is a tool to use toward a greater goal. While bariatric surgery will shrink the size
of the stomach significantly, thereby lowering the capacity of food that it can hold, that
alone will not automatically spur weight loss. Adhering to the diet and exercise program
the doctor prescribes is essential. Physical pain Most of the time, weighing 600 pounds or more
can be severely limiting and uncomfortable. Some of the people on the show have been so
heavy they couldn’t walk or in some cases, even get out of bed. One patient named Lupe hadn’t walked in 10
years when she started filming her episode. Another thing the show documents in detail
is the severe pain that the stars suffer with when they’re at their heaviest. No one on the show is elderly or terminally
ill, yet they feel some sort of physical pain from the moment they get up in the morning
until they go to sleep at night. Childhood trauma My 600-lb Life shows that in many cases, the
severe food addiction is due to the terrible things the patients endured during their childhoods,
such as sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse. Some participants were attacked when they
were young and then put on the weight as a protective mechanism. Others ate to make themselves feel better. That’s why when participants start losing
weight, emotions often bubble to the surface. Weight loss surgery has removed their coping
mechanism, and that can present additional challenges. For example, Ashley Reyes was attacked at
age 12 by a family member, and it was only when she went through therapy after surgery
to deal with the abuse that she started to really lose weight. Not all inspiring There are many heartwarming stories on My
600-lb Life, like Paula Jones, who persevered through her struggles, lost hundreds of pounds,
and became a motivational speaker. But then there are patients like James King,
who ordered his family around from his bed. Not only did his daughter have to quit school
to care for him, but he also got his father to refinance his house to pay for transport
to Dr. Now’s office. After manipulating his girlfriend, Lisa, she
gave in to his food demands, and he gained over 150 pounds on the show when he was supposed
to be losing weight. Dr. Now finally “fired” him as a patient because
James just didn’t take it seriously. Steven Assanti gained notoriety in 2015, before
he was on the show, when a Rhode Island hospital kicked him out for ordering pizza while he
was a patient there. He was also reportedly abusive to the nurses
during previous hospital visits. “You can neglect other patients but you ain’t
neglecting me, b—.” Significant others You’d think that having a severe eating disorder
might limit your love life, but many of the participants on the show have husbands, wives,
or live-in partners. One woman, Tanisha Cleveland, had a husband,
but he left her during the show because he wasn’t interested in helping her lose weight. She went ahead and found a new boyfriend,
while still bedridden. Many of the romantic relationships on the
show change, some for the worse, after weight loss surgery. Some of the partners are overweight as well,
and their partners’ weight loss threatens them. In other relationships, the partner just doesn’t
want their loved one to change at all. And then there are those partners who want
to feel needed, and their partner’s weight loss scares them. Christina Phillips said goodbye to more than
500 pounds, and also bid farewell to her husband, because he preferred the caretaker role to
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100 thoughts on “The Sad Truth Of My 600-lb Life

  1. 2:10-I would NEVER move that man with just two people or on a normal stretcher like that. Danger danger danger!

  2. Why do we need to know about his personal life. Has nothing to do with how he saves lives for people that were at their bottom.

  3. What business is it of your’s to report or even comment on Dr Now’s private life? It’s very disrespectful!

  4. Steve assanti is a parasite and its time he and god shake hands,Im sorry but when someone makes other misrable while not only contrubuting nothing but absorbing free handouts like a parasite then treating working people like there slaves hes better off under ground.People die every minute and most are good so steve its time for your dirt nap.

  5. Steve Assanti, is the worst one that was on the show. has no shame or self-respect for himself, after the video he put on YouTube bashing taxpayers, i have no pity for him.

  6. 5:14 "I love bigger women" this weirdo says, as if "bigger women" meant 700 pound monstrosities. He's a pervert who would put his weird, disgusting, perversely degenerate fetish over her health.

  7. what part of that was sad . I thought i was going to learn somthing about the show but instead it sounded like a comercial for it . lol a show so fake its youtube news is also fake

  8. Why are you showing footage from "my 3000lb family" and "family by the ton" when Doctor Now Isnt in any of them?

  9. I gave Dr. the nickname "nosferatu" i find it very fittin, becouse he sucks the gluttony out of them. But on the serious note, i like the guy, most of the patients in the show are selfish ppl who doesnt want to change or doesnt have the willpower and he has to be the one to put up with them, not easy, thats for sure.

  10. I love this show because we get to see people take control of their lives and get better (most of the time). People shouldn't be prying into Dr. Now's personal life though.

  11. Yes divorce records are public record but I think it really should have been left out in this case. Sometimes it can go too far.

  12. Dr.Now is the only one who would take on and bravely do weight loss surgeries on these kind of extreme cases. His skills are phenomenal. I am glad he is there to help these people.

  13. I think Steven Assanti's father is an enabler because he secretly wants Steven to die. And who the hell can blame him?

  14. The doctor walks in the room like a boss with his gold stethoscope and tell these fat fuckers what they need to drop that extra poundage

  15. Wow… I never in my life thought that people could get this big… just makes me realize how much I take my normal life for granted.

  16. Now I get where someone wants to feel wanted….but how the hell can someone watch the person they say they "love" slowly die there basically killing them….Now that I don't get….why not look after each other become a team fitter, healthier, slimmer instead of watching each other slowly dying!!!!

  17. I love his no nonsense bedside manners. I love watching the show. Even with his dyed hair to make himself look younger. His skin is young looking. If he didn't dye it, he would look so much better and suit the graceful age he is.

  18. Why they talking bad on Dr Now? Wow. They had no legal reason to do so. Dumb. So Dumb. And James and Lisa were BOTH On the same team AGAINST Dr Now. They manipulated Dr Now so bad, ome example was when she brought him food in the hospital and James gained a hundred lbs on a restricted diet. She had to if brought in so much food for this to happen and that's exactly what she did. She tried to kill him with food.

  19. Wife claims cruel treatment. I think he told her she really did look fat in that dress. What does his divorce have to do with him being a good surgeon?

  20. If I had a man that weighs six seven eight hundred lb he will be in a world of trouble how to treat your baby like a man and treat your man like a baby I will give him three meals a day and what their one-year he would have lost half of that weight yes yes real talk thank you Jesus that's why I am single thank you Jesus amen

  21. I wonder how much the medical expenses are for one year? I know TLC pays for one year's medical expenses, but I wonder how much they are.

  22. Looking at this people make me sick to my stomach. But, I only lost my lunch when that woman put the disgusting image of fat people having sex.

  23. i think its klind of commenmdable even though they dont mean it is people that comit to their partners to losing weight then they move on to the next only probl;em is the person they were doing the weight loss to may regain it.

    you have to do it for ytourself if you dont you lkose motivbation

  24. I watch this series with my mom because it kinda motivates her to watch what she eats. I think the guys on this show is a whole lot easier for me to sympathise than the girls because they can get so emotional and rude without any reason

  25. Revealing Dr. Now's personal life is TOTALLY unnesscary! The show is not about HIS life and has NO affect on his work. All it does is give the stubborn patients like Steven Assanti an excuse not to trust him or take advice from him. It's pure gossip

  26. How many of these people are fat because their stomach is too large? NONE OF THEM. Bariatric surgery is so fucking stupid.

  27. Stephen was the worst.a lot of them are very nasty to the people who care for them,and seem very selfish. Stephen was on another level. Hated that smirk when he got his drugs. He didn’t deserve weight loss surgery.

  28. Dr Now is a genius, he's an amazing surgeon.
    Why bring up his private life? The bloke has more talent in his little toe than any of you posting this crap have in their whole bodies.

  29. One thing I don't understand. There are many people who have taken drugs in order to deal with their past. They don't seem to get the same sympathy in comparison to obese people. Why is that if it all stems from the same problems of the past ? Both are deadly. Whether it's too much food or smoking crack, they both kill.

  30. At some point, medical science will recognize what drives this level of morbid obesity ….it is beyond food or activity…this is a profound metabolical problem fed and exacerbated by a deep level of stress , personal tragedy, abuse destroying their health and mental capability to take control over their lives.

  31. Scrap the idiot doctors and bring in Cole Robinson w/ Snake Diet and truly transform these people lives for real.

  32. Dr. Now has his hands full with morbid obese patients who are delusional & eating themselves to death. The enablers are shocking.

  33. I like how his wife sat on her ass and Dr. Now earned the money. Yet his pathetic wife got 70 percent. if it were Judge Judy she would have forced his wife to "get a job".

  34. I mean who doesn't like sex I don't thinks its about fat girls liking sex its more can they or how do they do it? Also who is even screwing them?

  35. I love this show & Dr.Nows non sense approach. But to be honest some of these people make me sick. They make so many excuses for they're behavior.

  36. I understand that men like big women. Big butt, big tits, thicc figure, that's alright. But having a 600lbs wife and not supporting her weight loss isn't liking big women. It's a fetish. This man is like a feeder. He likes is wife having to rely on him

  37. I Disliked the fact that you brought up Dr.Now's divorce. It has nothing to do with ''The Sad Truth Of My 600-lb Life''

  38. A good proportion of the images included in this video are from "Family by the Tonne" and nothing to do with this show.

  39. Dr Now is doing a great job, Im glad he’s training other doctors cause his unique talent is needed

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