TLC’s My 600-lb Life featured nearly 800-lb mom Charity Pierce back in 2016, but now, after undergoing gastric bypass surgery, she’s shed more than 500 pounds and is sporting a totally new body!
Being one of the largest patients on the show, Charity was forced with the decision to lose the weight, or possibly die. Besides the gastric bypass, Charity has also gone under the knife to remove nearly 40 pounds of skin as well as masses from her legs.
MUST SEE: 'My 600-lb Life' Star Laura P. Says Her 300-lb Weight Loss Hurt Her Marriage
(Photo Credit: Facebook)
“At almost 800 pounds, I was a prisoner in my own body. But losing weight has been a lot harder than I ever expected,” she said on her episode of the show.
And as if losing the weight wasn’t hard enough, Charity’s multiple skin surgeries caused massive complications.
“Since I've lost so much weight, the excess skin on my stomach has been causing a lot of problems,” she said. “I’ve been getting a lot of cellulitis infections. I've had to go back to the hospital a couple of times in the past month to be treated, and it's frustrating because it's really hard to keep making progress with these complications. And my body is still really misshapen.”
MORE: 'My 600-Lb Life' Star James K. Before and After: Inside His Weight Loss Journey
But, though her own health is obviously a major concern, Charity also worries for someone else in her life: her daughter.
“I’m worried about her, because she’s a food addict like I am, and I’ve started noticing the weight gain since we moved here,” Charity said of her daughter, Charly, during a My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now? special. “I know what it’s like to be too heavy to do anything and I don’t want her to get there. But whenever I say anything about her weight her feelings get hurt. I don’t like seeing her cry but I don’t want her to jeopardize her health either.”
MORE: What Happened to ‘The Little Couple’? Get the Latest on Jen Arnold and Bill Klein and Their Show!
Charly has felt the impact of her mother’s incredible weight loss.
“I feel like my mom is trying to teach me better habits than what she taught me before,” she said. “Now that she’s not so dependent on me, I got a job, I’m in control of myself now. It’s her turn to take care of her and stop trying to focus so much on me. My mom and I are doing a lot better now that she doesn’t need my help as much as she used to.”
These days, Charity is keeping fans updated on her Facebook and seems to be keeping her healthy lifestyle on track!
You go, girl!
Scroll through the gallery below to see more then and now pictures of My 600-lb Life stars!
Christina was 708 pounds when she first appeared on the show in 2014. After getting gastric bypass surgery, she dropped to 183 pounds. However, in her 2016 "Where Are They Now?" special, the 25-year-old admitted to still feeling like she was 700 pounds and often went days without eating if she gained any weight.
"My fear of gaining weight has crippled me," she said in 2016. "But I have to move past that fear if I want to live my life."
She doesn't have any social media accounts of her own, but she sometimes appears in other My 600-lb Life cast members' accounts looking strikingly different from her old self.