My 600-lb Life

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
My 600-lb Life
Directed byJonathan Nowzaradan
Conor McAnally
StarringYounan Nowzaradan, MD
Composer(s)David Hamburger
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes70 (list of episodes)
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
Original networkThe Learning Channel (TLC)
Original releaseFebruary 1, 2012 (2012-02-01) – present
External links

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 a super morbidly obese individual, who begin the episode weighing around 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.

Patients are placed under the care of 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]


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 outcomes[edit]

As of August 2018, all but four 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]

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.[7]

Series overview[edit]

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)[8]
514January 4, 2017 (2017-01-04)April 16, 2017 (2017-04-16)
618January 3, 2018 (2018-01-03)May 9, 2018 (2018-05-09)


  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. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  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
  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. ^
  6. ^ Hearon, Sarah (August 24, 2018). "'My 600-lb Life' Star Lisa Fleming Dead at 50". US Weekly. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ "My 600-lb Life". January 1, 2000. Retrieved April 20, 2017 – via IMDb.

External links[edit]