When viewers first met Chuck Turner on My 600-lb Life, he weighed a tremendous 693 pounds. Since then, he’s shed most of his body weight — an impressive 433 pounds — and now he says his weight loss transformation has inspired him to find love again!
The 46-year-old was married to his second wife, Nissa, when he made his debut on the hit TLC reality show, but the relationship was failing since Nissa felt more like his caregiver than his spouse. On a reunion special that aired in 2015, viewers watched as a now 260-pound Chuck revealed he was preparing to go on his first blind date since going under the knife for gastric bypass surgery four years ago.
The Texas native began rapidly gaining weight after the murder of his first wife in 2006, and he became so large that a 40-pound lymphedema, a lump caused by a build-up of fluid, had appeared on his leg. “Back when I was heavy I couldn’t move around,” he explained on the reunion special. “I couldn’t function the way I needed to because of the weight. I was too heavy to do my job, so I used to rely on my [tow truck] competitors to help me.”
He also noted that his business is expanding and he’s found “inspiration” and “support” in his church. “The people in my church never condemn me,” he said. “All they did was support me and pray for me.” He explained that the additional support showed him that “there is a lot to be thankful for.”
Tipping the scales at nearly 700 pounds at his heaviest, Chuck has a renewed chance of life and love since dropping the weight. Photo courtesy of TLC.
He added, “There is a lot to look forward to. A friend of mine wants to set me up on a blind date. I am looking forward to getting out there and meeting someone, but right now I am going to focus on making more progress.”
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