The race to lose ONE TON: Morbidly obese at over 600lbs, four of the world’s heaviest people attempt to change their lives on shocking new show
645 pounds and counting: Melissa features in the new TLC series, My 600 pound life. She aims to lose a third of her bodyweight to save her life
They are larger than life for all of the wrong reasons.
A new TLC show is set to introduce audiences to four morbidly obese individuals as they attempt to shed pounds and live a more normal lifestyle.
My 600 Pound Life, premiering on February 1, sees the group, each member of which weighs over 600 pounds, attempting to lose an
astonishing one ton between them.
The story has taken an amazing seven
years to document. In 2004, cameras started rolling to film the four overweight Americans as they each underwent a life-changing gastric bypass operation.
They were some of the heaviest patients ever operated on for the revolutionary surgery, with one woman, Melissa, weighing 645 pounds alone.
The chance of the grave procedure having a lasting successful outcome was just five per cent.
Uncomfortable truth: Melissa says that she could cope with being 337 pounds but when she hit 645 pounds, she knew she had to make a change
Not so happy couple Melissa and three other individuals aim to lose an astonishing ONE TON between them on the four-part series which has been filmed over seven years
The four-part series shows the
life-saving but traumatic experience of surgery, the highs and lows of
dealing with addiction and dependence – and the transformation from
being utterly dependent to gaining a modicum of normality and a sense of
At the outset, their extraordinary weight means the foursome have little or no independence, relying on care just to live from day to day.
‘He’s afraid I’m gonna leave him,’ she sobs.
clip shows a horrendous post-surgery wound – and many a tear as the changelings come to terms with what they had done to themselves.
Melissa said: ‘I could tell you this whole journey was easy, but that would be a lie. But it wouldn’t be a lie to tell you it was worth it.
Losing it: The show sees a morbidly obese man falling as he attempts to get off the sofa – landing and shouting for help from his companion
‘No-one can understand it’s like to go from where I was to where I am today.’
Embodying that dependence – and independence – the story is about a lot more than weight loss: Facing the horrendous truth and taking the hard journey from forced medical intervention to developing a sense of pride.
My 600 pound Life premieres on TLC on February 1 at 9pm.