"TLC's My 600-lb Life follows four individuals--Melissa, Donald, Henry, and Ashley--over the course of seven years as they struggle to go from weighing over 600 lbs. to being at their ideal weight. Their journeys begin with gastric bypass surgery, which allows them to start losing weight."
Last night, a man named Henry was featured. Henry is a super-sweet man in his late 40's. Henry has been obese since he was a child, and gained up to 715 lbs. Henry had gastric bypass with Dr. Younan Nowzaradan in Houston, who has done all of the surgeries for this television show, and many other documentary-style shows.
After Henry loses hundreds of pounds, he has a panniculectomy (skin removal of the lower abdomen) and later, a brachioplasty and removal of the skin on his chest. This is hard to watch, but realistic. Henry flat-lines after his second round of plastics, and has to be resuscitated.
Henry's transformation is long and arduous, though we only see bits and pieces of it, you get the impression that we are missing out of A LOT of his post op life. We see him struggle with family who eats poorly in front of him, and he knows it, he knows that he can't handle being in the moment with that food. Henry mentions that his family keeps asking him to "go to the buffets," and we see him, instead going to the gym. He eventually reaches his weight loss goal, but it takes years. I wondered how much we didn't see -- while watching the show.
This is where I'd be inserting photos -- but -- curiously there aren't any online yet.
By seven years, as the show wraps up, he's got his girlfriend back, his body back and things appear happy. I hope it continues for him.
- Read here for my thoughts on the first episode.
- Follow #My600lblife on Twitter. But, be warned, people on the internet can be jerks.