Amber is only 24-years-old, and weighs in at 660 pounds. Unable to leave her house — or even stand without help from her parents or her boyfriend of two years — she’ll be battling her obesity in front of the cameras for the third season of TLC’s My 600-Lb Life.
“I feel trapped,” she says in a preview for the upcoming season, after acknowledging she’s “killing herself” with her unhealthy overeating habits. “I feel miserable. I feel like I have failed myself and my parents.”
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In an effort to better herself, Amber — who says she feels like “a nasty yucky monster” — will undergo high-risk gastric bypass surgery to lose the weight.
To kick off the third season of the show, the first episode will also reunite the second season’s cast members, who have already gone under the knife for the same procedure and changed their lives — to varying degrees of success. Check out some of the stars who have dedicated themselves to living healthier lifestyles!
James before and after his surgery. Photos courtesy of TLC.
When 39-year-old James began his journey — he weighed in at 750 pounds. After undergoing gastric bypass surgery, he weighs 367 pounds today. He says the death of his father and sister to weight-related issues inspired his wake-up call about his health. Now engaged to be married, he credits his loved ones as his inspiration to get on track.
“My main source of motivation is the people around me,” he tells TLC. “They are just amazed and want me to keep up the good work.”
Zsalynn, before and after her incredible weight loss. Photos courtesy of TLC.
The self-proclaimed “fat girl rock star,” Zsalynn, 44, is nearly half her size — currently weighing in at 280 pounds. She says her newfound energy following the procedure, and time spent with her daughter, Hannah, keeps her going.
When asked what her motivation is, Zsalynn replied, “My daughter’s face when I do things with her.”
Tara’s amazing transformation. Photos courtesy of TLC.
Before shedding 280 pounds (thanks to gastric bypass surgery), obesity kept 36-year-old Tara immobile in her home. But now, the mother-of-two has a second chance at life — and says her children make the challenge all the more rewarding.
“My kids are my motivation,” she gushes. “They are the reason why I live and breathe.”
‘My 600-lb Life’ returns to TLC on Jan. 7 at 9 P.M.