This is so inspiring! At just 23 years old when her My 600-lb Life episode aired in February 2015, Amber Rachdi weighed 657 pounds and admitted she felt like a "nasty, yucky monster." Her anxiety caused her to overeat and she needed assistance with even the most basic tasks.
At the time, she could only stand on her legs for 30 minutes, which is why Amber decided to seek treatment. On the show, fans watched her lose 20 pounds to become a patient for gastric bypass surgery.
(Amber's family moved to Houston with her so she could be closer to her doctor. Photo Credit: TLC)
When Amber was just five years old, she weighed nearly 160 pounds and recalled having to be weighed on a scale for the wheelchair-bound at 16. She openly admits that she had an eating disorder, but unlike anorexia, she couldn't stop eating. Despite her family enabling her and her father's comments about weight gain, the Portland, OR native has come out of the experience stronger, rather than bitter.
Since her surgery, the now-blonde beauty has broken up with her boyfriend, Rowdy — who was featured on the show — and is seeing a therapist to help heal her anxiety and anger. She's able to drive again, lives independently, and enjoys speaking to people about her journey. Oh, she's also lost more than 400 pounds and looks absolutely amazing!
In May, Amber showed off her curves in an embroidered dress on Instagram and said, "From the other day before my little brother's wedding!"
From the other day before my little brother's wedding! #fatfashion #vintage #retro #plussizefashion #curvygirl A post shared by Amber Rachdi (@amberrachdi) on May 10, 2017 at 8:16am PDT
From the other day before my little brother's wedding! #fatfashion #vintage #retro #plussizefashion #curvygirl
A post shared by Amber Rachdi (@amberrachdi) on May 10, 2017 at 8:16am PDT
With a new approach to food (in addition to the surgery) she was able to shed the weight — and keep it off. The reality star is active on social media has more than 25,000 followers on Facebook. During a recent Q&A, she opened up to fans about how she deals with haters watching her eat.
She said, "Eat your food obscenely. Lick it like you are doing dirty things to it. Drool a little. Let your eyes roll back in your head. They’ll either look away embarrassed or bust up laughing. Screw them.” Go, girl!
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