The patients featured on My 600-Lb Life are very candid about their extreme weight loss journeys, from allowing cameras to document their embarrassing bathroom routines to the difficulties of staying on a strict diet. However, there are many parts of the show that fans don’t know. These behind-the-scenes secrets that remain off-screen reveal that although the series is factual in what they show, there’s always more to the story.
For example, season 3’s Amber Rachdi called the show a “crummy experience” in a Facebook comment, despite undergoing an incredible transformation. “They exert a certain kind of pressure and lack a human touch sometimes,” she wrote. “They assumed we would be difficult and were rather forceful with their demands? It didn’t feel good, respectful, or mutually beneficial working with the production [sad face emoji]. There are lovely individuals on their payroll, and I met some incredible people, but it definitely wasn’t an experience I want to repeat.”
Dr. Nowzaradan said it’s just as tough to help show participants who aren’t committed to their fitness and well-being. “It’s a daily challenge to work with some patients that can be self-destructive,” the famed bariatric surgeon told People in 2017, revealing he always strives to push them in a positive direction.
“My job is not to get aggravated, but to find a way to motivate them to work hard to get to their goals. There are times where I think it’s necessary for some tough love and I have to be stern with them, so I show some of my concern and frustration,” he added. “Even during those times, my job is to find a way to work with them to get their weight to a healthy place. They are the patient because they need help and it’s my job to help them no matter what.”
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The TLC show has been on the air since 2012 and season 9 premiered in December 2020. It appears fans will get to see more weight loss journeys in the future because producers announced there was a casting call last March.
Below are nine alleged and untold truths about the show.
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