Updated: Sep 13, 2017 3:35 pm
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.
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“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.”
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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.”
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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!
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Being raised by drug-addicted parents, Nicole's only comfort growing up was food, which led her, at just 23 years old, to tip the scales at over 700 pounds. "Even as a toddler, I remember food was what made me happy," she said on her episode of the show.
"When I was little, me and my mom never really got along because she had a really bad temper and would explode on me for things that I just didn't understand. And when that happened, I would always run to the garage, because my dad would be out there working on something. So I would just sit with him, and he would give me a snack. And that was safety."
By the time she reached her early teens, Nicole weighed over 200 pounds, and when her parents’ drug addiction worsened, her weight increased rapidly. These days, things are looking up for Nicole. She's taking care of her two children with her fiancé Charlie and actively updates fans on her Facebook page. "Im sooo in love with you!" she wrote on March. 8. "Your [sic] my forever, 5 years strong my love. No one has ever made me feel the way you do."
Weighing in at over 600 pounds, Diana faced extreme lymphedema (swelling) in her legs, as well as open sores and blisters. As viewers watched her journey unfold, they came to learn that she was molested as a child by two older boys. At the time of her abuse, she was unable to turn to food as comfort, as her mother insisted on strict dieting. As a teen, she only weighed 115 pounds.
However, when she went off on her own, the addiction spiraled. It was so out of control, that she was discharged from the Air Force. As Diana continued to reflect on her struggle, she came to realize that her childhood was definitely a root cause.
Fortunately, Diana was able to turn her circumstance around and nowadays, she's living a positive, healthy life! After appearing on the TLC reality show, Diana lost 265 pounds from a gastric sleeve surgery that removed 70 percent of her stomach. The 56-year-old also keeps very active on social media.
According to Starcasm, the Louisiana native not only shed over half of her body weight, but she also got engaged. Fans remember meeting Tara as a 606-pound woman who struggled to walk, breath, and who experienced severe joint pain. Viewers saw a miserable Tara admit that she had no social life because of her excess weight... she'd never even been on a date.
But, that's all changed now! The bride-to-be is currently planning her wedding to Eugene Perkins, who she met on the "Where Are They Now?" episode. How cute is that?! Eugene popped the question in October 2015 and since, they haven't been shy about showcasing their love for each other on social media. The happy couple frequently posts photos together on Facebook and discusses their upcoming wedding plans.
And when it came to keeping the weight off, Tara revealed that she's still careful about her eating and exercise habits. "Now that I have lost the weight, this is a whole new world for me," she revealed. "The reason I am willing to give Eugene a chance is that he is a good man." She was even open with him about her new healthy lifestyle. "I have to be careful about what I eat," she said. "If it's not healthy or its too much food, I'm not going to do it."