Younan Nowzaradan

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Younan Nowzaradan
یونان نوذرادان
Born (1944-10-11) October 11, 1944 (age 79)
Other namesDr. Now
Alma materUniversity of Tehran (MD)
  • Surgeon
  • TV personality
Known forAppearances on My 600-lb Life
Delores McRedmond
(m. 1973; div. 2004)

Younan Nowzaradan (Persian: یونان نوذرادان; born October 11, 1944),[1] also known as Dr. Now, is an Iranian doctor, TV personality, and author. He specializes in vascular surgery and bariatric surgery. He is known for helping morbidly obese people lose weight on My 600-lb Life (2012–present).[2][3]

Education and medical career[edit]

Nowzaradan was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and is an Assyrian.[4][5] In 1970, he graduated from the University of Tehran with a Doctor of Medicine degree.[6] He then moved to the United States. He participated in the Medical Orientation Program at Saint Louis University in 1971 and completed a Rotating Surgical Internship at St. John Hospital (operated by St. John Providence Health System) in Detroit, Michigan.[6] Nowzaradan is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Nowzaradan is currently affiliated with Houston Obesity Surgery in Houston, TX, and practices at several local hospitals.[6] He is the author of several scholarly publications on obesity and laparoscopy.[7]

Media appearances[edit]

He has been on My 600-lb Life since 2012.[8] He has also appeared on installments of Body Shock, including the episodes "Half Ton Dad", "Half Ton Teen", and "Half Ton Mum".[8] He also published two books titled Last Chance to Live (2017) and The Scale Does Not Lie, People Do (2019).[9] Dr. Now made several appearances at Texas theme parks such as Six Flags AstroWorld to promote health awareness in the early 2000s, reaching out to youth and encouraging them to make good dietary choices.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Delores McRedmond for 31 years; they divorced in 2004. The couple had three children together.[10] His son, Jonathan Nowzaradan (b. 1978), works as a director and producer for My 600-lb Life.[11][12]



  • Nowzaradan, Younan. Last Chance to Live. Younan Nowzaradan. ISBN 978-0-9972252-0-4.
  • Nowzaradan, Younan (2019). The Scale Does Not Lie, People Do: Reversing Obesity Now : Dr. Nowzaradan Takes a Closer Look at Obesity and the Essential Solutions for the 21st Century. Younan Nowzaradan M.D. ISBN 978-0-9972252-1-1.



  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. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dr. Now". TLC. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Levitt, Alice (October 2, 2017). "Dr. Younan Nowzaradan of My 600-lb Life, a Weight-Loss Doctor Who's No Quack". Houstonia. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Networthmag (June 15, 2020). "Delores Nowzaradan Biography: Facts about Younan Nowzaradan's Ex-wife". Reality Show Casts. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  5. ^ Meet Dr. Nowzaradan, the Man Behind All of the ‘My 600-lb Life’ Success Stories
  6. ^ a b c "Meet Doctor Nowzaradan". Houston Obesity Surgery. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Search Results for author Nowzaradan Y on PubMed.
  8. ^ a b My 600-lb Life, February 2012, retrieved March 30, 2019
  9. ^ Iracheta, Michelle (October 3, 2019). "'My 600-lb Life' Houston doctor reveals 22 weight loss tips in exclusive interview". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "Dr Nowzaradan wife and children, has he moved on after divorce from ex-wife?". Thecelebsinfo. October 16, 2023.[user-generated source?]
  11. ^ Burton, Toddy (August 3, 2007). "For TLC, With a Little TLC". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Hahn, Patrick D. (April 12, 2017). "Cutting edge: bariatric surgery may do more harm than good". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 8, 2019.