While a whole lot of drama typically surrounds reality shows, some series showcase astonishing personal transformations. The TLC series My 600-lb Life is one such show that features the incredible journeys taken by brave individuals looking to make a positive change in their life.
Thanks to Dr. Younan Nowzaradan’s interventions and weight-loss surgeries, dozens of people suffering from obesity have changed their lives. Many of the cast members want nothing more than to improve their health and accomplish goals they once thought were out of reach. Shedding the weight is no easy task, but these inspiring individuals were determined. Seriously, you won’t belive what the TLC alumni look like today.
Charity Pierce Is Helping Her Daughter Set Weight-Loss Goals
During her episode on My 600-lb Life, Charity Pierce weighed in at almost 800 pounds. Thanks to Dr. Nowzaradan, Pierce was able to begin her long journey to a healthy lifestyle. After her weight-loss surgery, Pierce lost a whopping 400 pounds, setting her on a great path to a stable weight.
Today, Pierce is no longer alone on her journey. Since the end of her episode, she has been helping her daughter, Charly, conquer milestones, as she struggles with her weight, too. Together, the mother and daughter duo are making it their mission to keep the weight off with healthy eating and exercise.
Milla Clark Dropped The 600-Lbs From My 600-Lb Life
When viewers first met Milla Clark, she weighed in at a whopping 751 pounds. She was so unhealthy and out of shape that she was confined to her bed and needed her children to help her with basic daily hygiene. But after surgery, a double knee replacement, and mental perseverance, Clark set a record for the series, dropping 600 pounds!
Today, Clark is up, moving around, and fully embracing her role as a face for weight-loss success stories. She is very active on social media, updating her pages with her life and various workout routines– you go, girl!
Amber Rachdi Is An Internet Sensation
At the young age of 23, Amber Rachdi weighed 657.6 pounds. To put it mildly, she had a long weight-loss journey ahead of her. But it wasn’t just the weight that was making a dent in her life, Rachdi also suffered from anxiety, something that caused her to binge-eat.
But the young woman was determined to overcome those obstacles. Today, she is a social media superstar, showing off her fantastic figure, makeup skills, and ridiculously cute hairstyles. With her newfound fame, the My 600-lb Life alumn is continuing to take care of herself and work out regularly.
Cillas Givens’ Story Ended On A Rather High Note
Growing up lonely and depressed is what led Cillas Givens to find comfort in food. Unfortunately, for the young man, that comfort led him to weigh a total of 729 pounds. But with support from Dr. Nowzaradan as well as his girlfriend Jessica and her children, Givens was ready to make a lifestyle change.
By the end of his time on My 600-lb Life, Givens lost a staggering 388 pounds, an incredible feat. And, by the looks of his social media accounts and a GoFundMe page, he is continuing to make fantastic strides in his weightloss journey.
Paula Jones Has Become The Queen Of Selfies
Starting at 533 pounds, Paula Jones had a long way to go, both physically and mentally, to achieve her goals. If you’re familiar with her story, then you know Jones had a very emotional episode in the second season of the series. Thankfully, her weight-loss journey has given her newfound confidence to overcome her inner demons.
Today, the mom of four is loving life and becoming a certified selfie queen. She isn’t afraid to show off her hard work, especially if it helps motivate other morbidly obese individuals. In a social media post, Jones said, “[obesity] is so senseless since it is preventable. It just isn’t easy.”
Chay Guillory Is Finally Living In Her Own Skin
Chay Guillory had arguably one of the most intense transformations of anyone who has appeared on My 600-lb Life and for more than one reason. Starting at over 600 pounds, Guillory was determined to lose the extra weight and keep it off. But, ironically, losing over 500 pounds wasn’t her most dramatic lifestyle change.
During her follow-up episode, Guillory revealed that she’s transgender and has been living life as a woman! In 2020, she married her boyfriend Patrick and is trying her hardest to get to her goal weight of 180 pounds so that she can qualify for gender confirmation surgery. Congrats!
Ashley Dunn Bratcher Is The Mother And Wife Her Family Deserves
Ashley Dunn Bratcher weighed in at 725 pounds during her time on My 600-lb Life. When viewers first met the mom of one, they saw someone who needed her son to help with simple chores around the house because of her limited mobility. Now, people see her as a happy mother who couldn’t be more thrilled that she took the plunge to better her life.
Today, Bratcher can care for her son like she’s always wanted to. And, unlike a lot of TLC alumni, Bratcher’s husband couldn’t be more supportive or proud of his wife. According to Bratcher’s Facebook, the two celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2019!
David Bolton Is Engaged To His Longtime Girlfriend
David Bolton weighed in at 747 pounds during his time on My 600-lb Life. Unfortunately, for Bolton, he was so out of shape at the peak of his weight that he was unable to do a lot of things for himself, including holding a job.
But he decided to turn it all around. He dropped a staggering 420 pounds by the end of his time on the show. Today, he is continuing to improve his health, slimming down even more, according to a family member. Bolton also proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Carrie!
Laura Perez Enrolled In Beauty School
When Laura Perez was on My 600-lb Life, her peak weight was 594 pounds. She was so obese in adulthood that she stopped being able to care for herself, needed an oxygen tank, was wheelchair-bound, and required assistance from her then-husband Joey for everyday tasks. According to Dr. Nowzaradan, Perez was in one of the worst shapes she has ever seen.
Since the end of the show, Perez is down to 182 pounds. But with every milestone she conquered, more strain was placed on her relationship. Thankfully, Perez knows her worth, and decided independence, and following her beauty school dreams were more important than someone who wasn’t willing to support her journey.
Bettie Jo Elmore Welcomed A Baby Boy
When viewers first met Bettie Jo Elmore, she weighed 654 pounds. It was apparent she was vastly out of shape and needed to commit to a life-changing weight-loss journey. With a whole lot of mental strength and perseverance, Elmore was able to shed the weight, but not without obstacles.
During her journey, she found out she had a mass growing at the base of her spine. Elmore could have undergone surgery, but she was pregnant, and the operation could harm the baby. So, she decided to face the consequences of not undergoing surgery. Thankfully, both mommy and baby are healthy and well! And Elmore was able to continue her weight-loss journey.
Melissa Morris Was Finally Able To Have Children
Melissa Morris was the first person to ever be on My 600-lb Life, and she had quite the story. If you’re familiar with Morris’ tale, then you know that because of her weight, she had about a two percent chance of ever becoming pregnant, according to an interview she had with TLC.
Amazingly, after her time on the show and getting rid of a few hundred pounds of extra baggage, Morris became a mom! On May 1, 2010, Morris gave birth to her daughter, Allona. Since then, she has had two more children!
Nikki Webster Went Pants Shopping For The First Time In Ten Years
It was hard not to smile along with Nikki Webster during her segment of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now? Since being on the lifechanging show and having an intervention with the infamous Dr. Nowzaradan, Webster has dropped 450 pounds, a huge accomplishment!
Now, she’s nothing less than ecstatic about life. For the first time in ten years, the newly transformed woman went pants shopping, something she never thought was going to be possible. Even better, Webster tied the knot with the love of her life back in 2017. In a social media post, Webster wrote, “I’ve been able to experience a happiness I never thought possible.”
Joe Wexler Finally Got His Fairytale Ending
Weighing in at 800 pounds during the third season of My 600-lb Life was Joe Wexler. It took some time, but with the help of Dr. Nowzaradan, exercise, diet, and a whole lot of mental strength, Wexler was able to drop 500 pounds — an amazing milestone if there ever was one.
Now, he’s living a fairytale with the woman of his dreams. In My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now? Wexler revealed he met someone, a lady named Sarah, who just so happened to have a daughter. Things became serious, and the two married in 2016! Pretty much, Wexler got a family and a fairytale to highlight his journey.
Zsalynn Whitworth Is Now A Confident Woman
When Zsalynn Whitworth was on My 600-lb Life, she confessed to having multiple emotional issues. Mainly, she was struggling with depression and loneliness after her divorce from her unsupportive husband. But she was over letting her mental state dictate her life. Whitworth was ready to make a lifestyle change, starting with skin removal surgery.
From there, it was all uphill. Whitworth has a newfound confidence, most likely due to the promise she made to herself to be more active and to put herself out there. Now, if you look at Whitworth’s social media accounts, you can see her with what looks like a new beau.
Brittani Fulfer Is GoingTo Concerts And Having Adventures
Since her episode of My 600-lb Life, Brittani Fulfer has dropped more than half her peak weight of 605 pounds. If you’re familiar with the TLC alum’s story, then you know that Fulfer has battled with mental health issues, namely depression.
But after dropping the weight, going on adventures, and even seeing her favorite band in concert, Third Eye Blind, it’s safe to say Fulfer is living her life to the absolute fullest. And with the addition of a baby boy to her small family, her mental health is getting better every day.
Justin McSwain Is Getting Inked And Traveling The Country
At his peak weight, Justin McSwain was boasting a 688-pound body. McSwain is known for being one of the most agreeable patients on My 600-lb Life, so it’s not surprising that he was able to shed the extra pounds rapidly. He literally dropped half of his body weight by the end of his episode!
Today, McSwain works as a graphic designer and continues to shed weight and live a healthy lifestyle. He’s also enjoyed his newfound health and freedom by taking the time to travel, exploring places like New Orleans. He’s also been getting tattoos, including with his father and other TLC alumni.
Tiffany Barker Is Crushing Personal Milestones
During her time on My 600-lb Life, Tiffany Barker went from having to rely on her boyfriend to crushing personal milestones. Starting at 673 pounds, Barker had a difficult time beginning her weight-loss journey. But she prevailed and was able to lose 250 pounds by the end of her time on the show.
Today, she is killing it. Barker continues to exercise and diet, so she never gets back to that dark place. Also, she hit overtime at work, leading to her boss to send her home! That’s something she never thought she would physically be able to accomplish.
Destinee Lashaee Is Flaunting Everything She Worked For
Destinee Lashaee has had quite the journey. After being distinguished as a male at birth, Lashaee went through her adolescence, confused while growing up in the foster care system. Then, when she came out as transgender, she felt even more isolated, ultimately turning to food as a coping mechanism.
Her depression, weight, and overall mental health changed after her time on My 600-lb Life. Starting at 669 pounds, Lashaee dropped 229 pounds by the end of her episode. And that’s not including the weight she’s lost since! Now, Lashaee is a confident woman who isn’t afraid to flaunt her new body on social media.
Nicole Lewis Landed A Job She Really Wanted
Growing up in a pretty unstable household, Nicole Lewis often turned to food for the comfort she wasn’t getting from her parents. As a result, Lewis wound up weighing over 700 pounds. Thankfully, she realized the dangerous road she was headed down and knew she needed to get help and fast.
As a result, Lewis shed 326 pounds by the end of her episode. Unfortunately, she also had a few setbacks, including losing her home in Texas, resulting in her return to junk foods. But she didn’t let the slip-up dictate her life. Lewis is very committed to her journey. She even landed a job she was pinning over!
After A Lot Of Grief, June McCamey Finally Found Happiness
After a lifetime of heartache, June McCamey finally took the time to better her life and make a positive change. As a result of grief over losing her son, McCamey overate to the point of weighing 590 pounds. Then, in her follow-up episode, the mom revealed that she had recently lost her other son.
But she wasn’t going to be swallowed up by her grief again; she was determined to remain healthy in memory of her boys. Today, McCamey is confident in showing off her body. She even got married to the woman of her dreams in 2019. We’re so happy she found happiness!
Christina Phillips Broke A Record For Her Weightloss
When Christina Phillips joined My 600-Pound Life, she weighed in at 708 pounds. Even Dr. Nowzaradan was surprised to discover that the 23-year-old was consuming 7,000 calories per day.
She wowed the doctor once again when she appeared on Where Are They Now? having lost 538 pounds, more than anyone in the history of the show up to that point. Now 172 pounds and feeling incredible, Christina is proud to be living proof that it’s never too late. She’s happily an aunt to three children and has completed her first 5k!
Marla McCants Proved She McCan!
Marla McCants was one of the heaviest contestants on My 600-Pound Life, weighing in at nearly 800 pounds. Having been traumatized by a violent ex-boyfriend who was on the run, Marla turned to emotional eating. Today, she’s using her experience in her works as a motivational speaker and philanthropist.
After obtaining gastric bypass surgery while on the show, she lost 266 pounds. Though she completed the show at 534 pounds, it’s clear that her journey had just begun. She hasn’t revealed her weight today, but it’s evident by her pictures and lifestyle that she’s reached a healthy weight and found joy.
Donald Shelton Is Still Thriving, Even With A Syndrome
Donald Shelton won the hearts of viewers as he admitted that he would be helpless without his parents. Weighing in at 678 pounds, Donald could hardly walk. After he received gastric bypass surgery, Donald was able to drop 300 pounds. But his difficulties didn’t end there.
After having a fall, Donald was hospitalized and fell into a coma. Doctors discovered that Donald had Guillain-Barre syndrome, which led to him no longer being able to walk. The emotional anguish led to Donald’s weight fluctuating, but he’s since refocused and has remained well below his peak weight.
Chuck Turner Lost Nearly 2/3 Of His Body Weight!
When Chuck Turner joined the season 2 cast, he weighed in at nearly 700 pounds! His wife had to care for not only their adopted son, but also Chuck. After she admitted that she felt like a servant, Chuck knew it was time to make a change.
Chuck identified the murder of his first wife as the tipping point in his weight gain. After receiving the emotional and physical help he needed, Chuck was able to drop nearly two-thirds of his body weight, bringing him down to 260 pounds!
Olivia Cruz Is Pursuing Her Dream Of Becoming A Chef!
When Olivia Cruz appeared on My 600-Pound Life, she weighed 578 pounds. After two unsuccessful weight loss surgeries, Dr. Now decided that she needed gastric sleeve surgery. Sure enough, the procedure led to her losing almost 400 pounds!
Olivia Cruz wasn’t done, though. Stuck at the 200-pound mark, she was determined to lose enough to get skin removal surgery. Determined as ever, Olivia managed to achieve her goals and healed her knee in the process. Now able to move around freely, she’s pursuing her dream of becoming a chef!
Diana Bunch Is Done Filming After Achieving Her Goal Weight
Diana Bunch reached 620 pounds after emotional eating became her outlet. Having been abused, Diana needed emotional and physical support to lose weight. She additionally was diagnosed with lymphedema, but still managed to maintain a positive outlook.
By the end of her season, Diana had lost 265 pounds thanks to gastric sleeve surgery. She still had 165 pounds to go to reach her target weight. On Where Are They Now? Diana revealed she hit her goal, weighing in at 195. It was then that she decided her airtime was over, though she is full of gratitude for the life she has now.
Tara Taylor Is Ready To Walk Down The Aisle!
When Tara Taylor aired on My-600 Pound Life, she weighed just over 600 pounds and had no social life. The overweight woman had trouble breathing and severe joint pain. In Where Are They Now?, Tara not only revealed she reached 278 pounds but also that she was ready to date.
After falling for Eugene Perkins, the two decided to tie the knot. Sadly, Tara revealed the following season that Eugene had been pursuing other women behind her back. On the bright side, Tara has newfound confidence. She posted on social media, “I hope you find what ur looking for Mr. Perkins!!!”
James Jones Fulfilled His Hope Of Inspiring Others
James Jones was the heaviest contestant in season two, weighing in at 750 pounds. The Texan had a father and sister who passed from obesity, but he managed to turn his emotional anguish into motivation. After losing 53 pounds in just two weeks, James underwent gastric bypass surgery.
James continued his weight loss journey and received skin removal surgery. He now is down to 239 pounds, bringing his total weight loss to 511 pounds! Though James says he’s “Not into all the attention,” he adds that he “went on the show to inspire people.” That’s just what he’s done.
Angel Parrish Has A Better Relationship With Motherhood
Angel Parrish’s journey began with her weighing in at 570 pounds. She revealed on the show that her overeating stemmed from the pain of giving her daughter up for adoption when Angel was only 14-years-old. The trauma re-emerged in the form of postpartum depression after giving birth to her son, Andrew.
In 2016, Angel revealed on Where Are They Now? that she was down to 230 pounds. She happily stated, “I wake up, and it’s not to eat — it’s to get Andrew ready for school!” A more recent photo reveals she’s lost even more weight and looks lovely.
Susan Farmer Can Wear Jeans Again!
When Susan first joined My 600-Pound Life, she tipped the scales at 607 pounds. After undergoing gastric bypass surgery, Susan lost 267 pounds! She looked forward to her next surgery, which would remove the lymphoma on her stomach.
Susan said, “This whole belly just needs to go. Having it gone will be like being set free from prison.” After hard work and help from healthcare workers, Susan ended up at 210 pounds! She was able to put on a pair of jeans for the first time since she was a teen!
Pauline Potter Finally Took Her Weight Seriously
Pauline Potter was already famous for her weight before she appeared on My 600-Pound Life. She’s in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records for being the heaviest woman alive and was on an episode of Dr. Phil! Pauline struggled with denial over her weight, but eventually found the courage to face her reality.
Pauline rounded out her season with a total weight loss of 149 pounds. Once she appeared on Where Are They Now?, she was down 300 pounds and eligible for skin removal surgery. Based on her recent photos, she’s slimmed down significantly!
Chad Dean No Longer Relies On Fast Food
Chad Dean was always a big boy, earning the nickname “Dean Machine” in high school. After a back injury prevented Chad from continuing his career as a chef, he started driving trucks cross-country and ballooned up to 700 pounds. Once his weight prevented him from even being able to drive, he knew it was time to make a change.
Chad successfully lost 260 pounds while on My 600-Pound Life. After continued determination and two skin removal surgeries, he was able to get down to 300 pounds. He’s back to driving trucks, this time preparing his own meals so he doesn’t rely on fast food.
Dottie Perkins Continues To Overcome Tragedy
Dottie Perkins’ story was one that melted the hearts of viewers. After her son, Daniel, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, his father left them. As Dottie fought to take care of her son on her own, her weight climbed to 640 pounds.
Despite her emotional pain, Dottie was able to drop 149 pounds on the show. In Where Are They Now?, Dottie revealed that Daniel passed away in 2016. Rather than reverting to her old ways, she stayed strong and honored her late son by continuing to get healthy. She’s now down 346 pounds, bringing her weight to 194!
Gideon Yeakley Is A Healthier Father
Gideon Yeakley began My 600-Pound Life at 650 pounds! Not only was his wife having to care for him, but so was their son. Despite going through bouts of depression related to his new diet, Gideon was able to push through and drop 221 pounds on the show!
A year later, Gideon and his wife welcomed a baby girl! All the while, Gideon continued to lose weight and is reportedly down to 330 pounds! After recovering from a mysterious trip to the hospital in 2019, he was able to attend his wife’s college graduation as she pursues a career as a counselor.
Teretha Hollis-Neely Keeps A Positive Attitude
Teretha Hollis-Neely weighed in at almost 800 pounds when season four began. Having spent two years in bed, she was in desperate need of help. In just two months, Teretha lost more than 200 pounds! By the end of her time on the show, she was down 340 pounds, but still needed help standing up.
When she returned for Where Are They Now?, Dr. Now approved a lymphedema operation for Teretha’s legs. Since the procedure, Teretha has been in physical therapy for her cellulitis. Despite her long recovery, she’s maintained a positive attitude and is active on social media.
Randy Statum Is Making His Daughter Proud
Randy Statum was being told by his daughter that he was “too fat to be a father” when he first arrived on the show. Randy had a weight problem all of his life, but when he peaked at 640 pounds, he knew it was time for a change.
After receiving gastric bypass surgery and putting in the hard work, Randy dropped down to 350 pounds! On social media, he appears even thinner than he was at the show’s conclusion. We’re sure his daughter is thrilled.
Lupita Samano Honors Her Late Lover With Her Health
Lupe Samano was one of the most successful participants on My 600-Pound Life. After spending the better part of a decade in bed and weighing 700 pounds, she dropped more than 400 pounds while on the show.
Despite her success with her weight, life took her for another loop. In January 2020, Lupe lost her boyfriend, Andrew, to kidney failure. Despite her heartache, she’s remained determined to reach her goal weight of 180. Lupe reported on social media that she’s down to 200 pounds!
Brandi And Kandi Dreier Are Sisters In Health
Season five brought us twins Brandi and Kandi Dreier, two 600-pound women who suffered from an abusive childhood. After receiving weight loss surgery, the twins were able to lose 200 pounds each. On Where Are They Now?, the twins revealed they’d lost even more weight and were ready for skin removal surgery.
Everything changed when Brandi discovered that she was pregnant! Brandi has since given birth to a beautiful baby girl and gotten married to a loving husband. Based on their most recent photos, the twins have continued to blast through milestones in their weightloss journey.
Doug Armstrong was up to 648 pounds when he joined the cast of My 600-Pound Life. He dropped down to 462 pounds by the time he came back for Where Are They Now? Despite his success, Doug’s wife expressed some concerns about his lack of motivation, and Doug agreed to go back to therapy.
Since then, the season 5 star has been looking better and better on social media. Though he doesn’t share his weight with the public, it’s clear that Doug has improved significantly over the years.
Henry Foots Turned His Life Around Before It Was Too Late
Henry Foots appeared in season one weighing 715 pounds. The sweet-tempered man won over viewers but had a hard time keeping hold of his long-time girlfriend, Kirk. The pair both underwent gastric bypass surgery and tied the knot.
At the show’s completion, Henry had dropped 440 pounds, bring his weight to 275 pounds. He had finally turned his life around, and just in time. Sadly, Henry passed in 2013 for reasons unrelated to his weight. At least he was able to reach his goals before then.