This story was aired on last night’s episode of TLC’s “My 600-lb Life.” A morbidly obese woman was physically removed from the home–where she lived with her husband and mother–and hospitalized during her medically supervised weight loss. Apparently, the doctor explained that the family would not stop feeding her an estimated 7,000 calorie diet that resulted in her weight gain.
The family had turned to the show in order to get the 678 pound woman, Christina, some help after an alleged suicide attempt. Christina had been steadily gaining weight since she was just a little girl tipping the scales at a whopping 400 pounds at just 17-years-old.
She eventually shut out all her friends, married at an extremely young age to her husband Zach, and spent the next four years in her home. The majority of her time was spent on the couch or in bed as her weight continued to rise until finally hitting 678 pounds at age 22. The stress of not being able to control her eating habits and lose weight proved too much to handle prompting her attempt to end her life.
While on the show it appears as if still, the habits were too hard to kick.
After moving to Houston for a bypass surgery where she was supposed to have been losing weight, she actually gained another 17 pounds. Christina tried to brush it off as water retention but her doctor, Dr. Nowzaradan quickly put that theory down by explaining that in order to gain that amount of weight, she would have had to drink about 300 gallons of water.
“It’s not water, for that you’ve got to drink at least 300 gallons. You gained weight because you feel comfortable with your eating.” He instead insists, “This is very, very disturbing behavior. This is a sign of a very dysfunctional family dynamic.”
The episode then shows that the doctors hypothesis is actually right and Chistine has, in fact, been eating massive amounts of, “pizza, hamburgers and fries.”
After being confronted by the doctor, Christina’s mother admits on camera that the issue is mainly their fault. She conveys, “You’re right, you’re absolutely right. We’re the ones enabling her to do this . . . We haven’t been able to cook proper food.”
Dr. Nowzaradan then suggests that Christina not only would have been eating a little more than what she should have, but rather an astounding 7,000 calories a day in order to gain the 17 pounds. He explains, “Because she’s accustomed to eating a lot, [her family] don’t realize that she’s still overeating.”
Realizing that staying in that house wouldn’t even remotely end in weight loss for Christina, the doctor admitted her in the hospital to be medically supervised during her weight loss regiment. She lost an incredible 122 pounds, but when she returned home, so did her poor eating habits.
She only managed to lose a pitiful two pounds in the following month and even though she claimed to have only been eating one meal a day, the Dr. Nowzaradan was unconvinced. He stated, “Christina’s not telling me the truth. She’s done very well but this month her weight loss has come to plateau. She has to stick with the program. She needs to stay focused and continue with her diet.”
After being called out for lying Christina tried to justify her actions by saying, “It’s hard because I’m trying my best. I don’t know what else I can do.”
She explains that she hopes to get her eating habits and weight under control so that she can go to college and have a “normal marriage.”
What do you think—is Christina capable of this? Let us know in a comment below!