Fans of My 600-Lb Life have witnessed some of the most inspirational, as well as some of the most heartbreaking, weight-loss stories since the reality show’s debut on TLC in 2012. My 600-lb Life follows the journey of morbidly obese patients as they aim to lose weight. While some patients are able to meet their weight-loss goals and go on to live better and healthier lives, some aren’t so lucky in their journeys.
My 600-Lb Life documents patients’ weight-loss journeys over the course of a year. Throughout this time, viewers witnessed the highs and lows of cast members as they seek help from weight-loss expert and bariatric surgeon Dr. Younan Nowzaradan from My 600-lb Life. Each episode documents the struggles that many patients face, with patients sharing childhood trauma, their addictions, or struggles to do simple tasks, like taking a shower or walking. However, fans of the show agree that some stories are more heartbreaking than the rest. From untimely deaths to self-sabotaging behavior, these stories from My 600-Lb Life still leave fans of the series heartbroken.
Kelly Mason From My 600-Lb Life Season 7
Fans were introduced to Kelly Mason on My 600-Lb Life season 7 and immediately fell in love with her. At that time, Kelly was over 700 pounds and almost immobile. She also admitted she had an eating disorder and would turn to food for comfort. Despite these setbacks, Kelly was able to put in the work and lost over 300 pounds, bringing her weight down to 383 pounds, which impressed both Dr. Now and fans. Unfortunately, Kelly’s journey after My 600-lb Life would end prematurely after the reality star died from cardiac arrest during filming, breaking the hearts of many fans. One Reddit fan posted to u/[deleted]’s thread to share their sorrow, stating, “This episode really stands out to me compared to all the rest. It has a different vibe, with a lot more commentary from Dr. Now than there typically is. Then it ends and you realize why. She probably didn’t have a chance to record voice-over. It really affected me probably more than any other episode.”
Robert Buchel From My 600-Lb Life Season 6
Robert Buchel first appeared on My 600-Lb Life season 6, weighing over 900 pounds. With the help of his fiancé, Kathryn Lemanski, he headed to Texas to receive help from Dr. Now. While on the show, the former My 600-Lb Life star, Robert, would lose over 300 pounds and even got lymphedema removal surgery. However, Robert’s painkiller addiction interfered with his weight-loss journey, and he became desperate for the drug after surgery. This lead to Robert’s downfall, with the reality star refusing to walk or exercise due to pain and withdrawals. Robert sadly passed away while filming on November 15, 2017, at 41 years old. He was able to film the show for five months before he suffered a massive heart attack. Robert’s fiancé, Kathryn, shared her thoughts on his tragic death, stating, “I lost my best friend and the person I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with.”
James ‘L.B.’ Bonner’s From My 600-Lb Life Season 6
The former My 600-lb Life star James “L.B.” Bonner won over My 600-Lb Life season 6 fans, quickly becoming a fan favorite with his kind attitude and positive outlook on life. After losing his leg in a horrific car accident, James turned to food and alcohol to numb his pain, eventually getting his weight up to 650 pounds. Wanting to get his life back together, James decided to get help from Dr. Now, and with his determination and resilience, not only would James lose over 300 pounds by the end of his episode, but he had also become sober. My 600-Lb Life fans were excited to see where James’ journey would lead him after the show. However, in August 2018, it was reported James had tragically passed away due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. “He worked so damn hard, harder than almost anyone on the show, and yet, his depression was something he couldn’t fight anymore,” u/PINKtuxPENGUIN said in a Reddit thread.