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My 600-lb Life

My 600-lb Life

  • Premiered: 
    February 1, 2012
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  • Network: TLC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Medical
  • Tags: weight loss

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Plot Synopsis

MY 600-LB LIFE documents the struggles and triumphs of four individuals who initially weigh more than 600 pounds, and then take a seven-year journey to change their lives after undergoing gastric bypass surgery. While these four individuals try to achieve their ideal weight and begin to regain control of their lives, they find that the battle is as mental as it is physical. They must deal with the highs and lows of confronting their addiction and emotional issues, while transforming their relationships with loved ones, family and friends. Whether they're motivated by love, a high-school reunion or a goal of owning a childcare facility, each episode highlights one person's struggles to become less dependent on others and improve their sense of self worth. Immediately following an encore presentation of Season 1 from 4-8pm ET/PT on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, TLC aired the Season 2 premiere of MY 600-LB LIFE at 9pm ET/PT. The season opener followed Zsalynn, once known as the "Fat Girl Rock Star," who married a man who loves large women, but now she needs to lose weight to be the mother her daughter deserves. This series chronicles the lives of seven other people in Season 2: Christina (23 years old; South Haven, MS); Chuck (45; Beaumont, TX); Tara (35; Lafayette, LA); Penny (46; Atlanta, GA); Paula (39; Atlanta, GA); James (38; Frankston, TX); and Olivia (46; Cicero, IL). Season 4 of MY 600-LB LIFE premiered on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on TLC, immediately following a brand-new one-hour special (8pm) and an all-day marathon (6am-8pm) of encore episodes. The new season follows the lives of 12 people weighing over 600-lbs and their medical journey to shed the weight. In the new special (8pm), "Moments of Truth," pivotal moments, whether tragic breaking points or ultimate triumphs, decide the success or failure of individuals struggling with extreme obesity. They must face the reality that weight-loss surgery alone is not the answer to reclaiming their lives. Then, in the season opener (9pm), "Nikki's Story," 33-year-old lifelong secret eater Nikki Webster finds her life and career as a costume designer threatened by immobility as her weight climbs to 650-lbs. In urgent need of drastic weight loss, she undergoes gastric bypass and confronts the emotional causes for her eating. Subsequent episodes feature: Ashley Bratcher, a 26-year-old mother of a five-year-old son, who weighs 725-lbs and whose son is one of her primary caregivers, bringing her food and helping with daily chores; Sean Milliken, who was traumatized by his parent's divorce leading him to turn to food for comfort -- but his weight has reached a dangerous level of 900-lbs and is barely being able to stand for 30 seconds.
On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 9-11pm ET/PT, TLC premiered the Season 4 finale of MY 600-LB LIFE. In the two-hour season ender, "Chay and Pauline," Pauline must find the will to keep up her weight-loss progress after a medical emergency. Chay's finally admitting what he's long known, that he's a transgender woman. However, the emotional stress of coming out could threaten his weight loss journey.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Megalomedia