To say Dottie Perkins' life has been difficult is definitely an understatement.
The My 600-lb Life star underwent life-saving gastric bypass surgery on the show in late 2015 after years of self-sabotaging her health with a lack of exercise and terrible diet, but since her episode aired, the 34-year-old has suffered a huge emotional setback.
The Mississippi native — who once weighed 640 pounds — lost her son in April 2016. The 13-year-old was born with cerebral palsy and tragically succumbed to his illness, leaving his mother devastated and vulnerable.
(Dottie with her sons, Daniel and Landon. Photo Credit: TLC)
When her son was first born, the reality star weighed 350 pounds. Yet upon hearing the news of Daniel’s diagnosis, Dottie’s partner and Daniel’s father abandoned his family — which triggered more emotional eating. Pretty soon, she tipped the scale at over 500 pounds.
Growing up, Dottie recalls collecting boxes of sweets and and cookies in her room to binge. Dottie's mother neglected her as a child, so she would bond with her sister, Delacy. During her episode, she said, "I just remember eating and eating so much. And I have just never been able to stop. It hurt a lot and food is what comforted me. At one point, I was putting on a couple of pounds every week."
(Dottie's face appearing much slimmer in this snap! Photo Credit: Facebook)
After her surgery, Dottie was able to lose 121 pounds. Unfortunately, when her son passed away, Dottie was so upset that she began reverting back to her unhealthy ways. In August 2016, Dottie was interviewed by the Oxford Eagle and she refused to discuss Daniel’s death, simply saying that it's “too painful for her to talk at length about.” She hasn't posted anything on Facebook since honoring her son after his death.
Hang in there, Dottie!
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