My 600-Lb Life is a show that airs on TLC and has been on for several years. You might not think that this would be a show that would interest that many individuals but in reality, there is a pretty big fan base here. The show chronicles the lives of people that weight 600 pounds or more, typically for a year as they attempt to lose weight through a combination of diet, exercise and weight loss surgery. The goal of each one of the people featured in the show is to get to a point where they will be approved for weight loss surgery. They are all patients of Dr. Nowzaradan, who practices at one of the premier hospitals in Houston, Texas. All of the patients who see him are considered exceptionally high risk. That’s why they all go to see the same doctor. He is virtually the only one that will perform these types of high risk surgeries, so when virtually everyone has said no, patients often have one last shot with him, provided they can get their weight down and they are willing to make the necessary changes in order to follow his instructions.
As previously mentioned, the show has been on for quite some time now. Not only that, it has changed- a lot- since its first season. When the show first began, it was something that approached the subject of high risk weight loss surgery from the perspective of a documentary. Everything focused mainly on the appointments with each patient and a lot of attention was paid to the surgical procedures, as well as the recovery phase once that surgery was completed. That first season happened almost by accident and at the time it aired, most of the people who were involved with it never really gave much thought to the idea that it could turn into a regular series.
That being said, it did exactly that and over the years, changes began to occur. For one thing, some of the people that have been featured on the show have had some rather interesting backgrounds, to say the least. As it turns out, one of them was active in some extracurricular activities, shall we say. In addition, several of the people that have been on the show have been featured on a special website that caters to those who have fetishes for larger individuals. The show sometimes mentions these things but they do often tend to gloss over things. It’s rare that they spend a lot of time talking about it but there have been one or two times that things got a little interesting.
The show has also made a concerted effort to show more regarding the personal lives of the people who are trying to get the weight loss surgery. Many of them have been found to live in rough situations and in many cases, it is exactly those types of situations that have caused the person to gain weight in the first place. The show has also spent quite a bit of time showcasing families that need to lose weight, as in the case with the twin sisters who were both over 600 pounds.
This series has become part documentary and part reality television. It’s considered by many to be more of a source of entertainment than anything else. The people who are featured on the show are not just struggling with their weight. They are struggling with a number of issues concerning things like family and financial situations, an inability to work, a lack of self control, addiction issues, and even abuse. In more recent years, there has actually been a greater focus on these types of things. Patients are now frequently asked to attend therapy and that is something that wasn’t really focused on during the earlier episodes. These days the show is trying to stress the fact that when someone is morbidly obese, there is almost always a reason for it. In almost every case, they are trying to compensate for something else in their life that is lacking by turning to food. The show has been more serious about highlighting this fact as of late and by all accounts, they have done a pretty good job of it.