Warning: Spoilers ahead
Tonight's episode of My 600-Lb Life is one you absolutely won't want to miss if the Wednesday night TLC show is one of your go-to faves.
It centers around Jeanne's story and from the outset looks like a bit of a crossover episode with Hoarders, if you catch my gist. Jeanne is almost 40 and lives in Texas, not far from Dr. Now, in an incredibly disorganized rural house with a pack of dogs.
When we first meet Jeanne, her situation is one that Dr. Now considers "extremely critical." At well over 600 lbs, she spends most of her days in a chair having food brought to her by her ailing mother or schizophrenic dad. She can't fit in the bathroom or shower, so her mother has to help her clean herself with a bowl and a washcloth.
"It's so humiliating to be almost 40 and rely on my mom and dad to do everything for me," Jeanne confesses in a voiceover. She says they'd be better off without her because she feels like she's become such a burden on them.
Jeanne had a very traumatic childhood.
Like many patients from My 600-Lb Life who suffer from obesity and eating disorders, Jeanne's binging habits began at a very young age. Around the age of 5, she says she stole sodas and snacks from her abusive grandmother to retaliate against her.
By the time she was 6, Jeanne was already over 100 lbs, and was subsequently molested by her mother's boyfriend. At that point, she kept on eating for comfort and her weight ballooned. Jeanne's mother Barbara mentions she's been concerned about Jeanne from a very young age, taking her to nutritionists and specialists to no avail. "None of that helped," she said, disheartened, "she kept gaining the weight."
Dr. Now doesn't believe in quick fixes.
When Jeanne and her mom arrive at Dr. Now's office, Jeanne is desperate to get gastric bypass surgery in order to lose weight and get on with her life. But Dr. Now tells her the process of getting healthy is not that easy.
"Your problem is your eating disorder and surgery does not correct eating disorders," he tells her sternly. "If you want a different life, you have to be ready to do something about it. You are responsible for your behavior and your eating habits."
Jeanne experiences some unfortunate roadblocks on her path to recovery.
When she's ready to leave Dr. Now's office to try and lose of the weight on her own ahead of her bariatric surgery, Jeanne's mother unexpectedly falls ill and has to go into surgery. The two are stuck in a Houston hospital waiting for Barbara to recover and realize they haven't heard from Jeanne's dad is a long time.
When they eventually send police to do a welfare check on him, they learn he passed away in his bed. The two are visibly shaken and Jeanne doesn't have the strength to continue her weight loss journey.
How is Jeanne now?
Jeanne's episode is the first in a while where a patient doesn't undergo Dr. Now's treatment and decides to postpone their weight loss surgery. Dr. Now luckily recommends a mental health professional to Jeanne, who we watch her talk to at the end of her episode.
"I talked to my mom and we both decided we're not going back to Houston," she says at the 6-month check-in mark. "With my dad gone, we can't leave the dogs alone and I can't go by myself. So I'm just not in a place to do Dr. Now's program. I know I have to lose weight and I don't have a lot of time if I don't, but I don't know what to do about it right now."
We hope Jeanne was able to find help through therapy and that she's planning to continue this journey toward health she's already begun to embark on.
Watch Jeanne's episode of My 600-Lb Life tonight at 8 p.m. on TLC.
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