My 600-Lb Life season 7 featured Mercedes Cephas and her TLC weight loss journey, and now it’s time to share more about her life after the show. The reality series follows Dr. Younan Nowzaradan (also known as “Dr. Now”) as he tries to help his morbidly obese patients lose weight for their health. In some cases, things go according to plan and patients see a turnaround in the series. Other actors, however, find it very difficult to succeed.
Mercedes Cephas was a 37-year-old mother of two from Ohio. When she was on the show, she weighed 773 kilos and suffered from severe lymphoea. She had to rely on the support of her extended family and children as she had to stay in bed due to her weight.
My 600-lb Life star revealed that her food addiction was the result of childhood trauma caused by problems with her father. She said he raped her repeatedly, with the alleged sexual assaults starting when she was just 11 years old. When she met Dr Now, he told her that her obesity was endangering her internal organs.
My 600-lb Life: Did Mercedes Cephas Lose Weight?
Mercedes Cephas was unable to meet the requirements to qualify for bariatric surgery. She was often seen lying to Dr. Now or complaining about the strict regimen she had to follow to lose weight for the operation. She lost 81 kilos, but it was not enough to be cleared for surgery. According to Republic World, Mercedes’ Facebook profile shows she is back in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her profile also shows that she is a stay-at-home mom. While Mercedes hasn’t been very active on social media since “My 600-lb Life,” she doesn’t appear to have lost any more weight.
After “My 600-Lb Life”, Mercedes launched a GoFundMe campaign, which was included in the “medical” category. She wanted to raise money to get a gastric bypass surgery herself. She fell short of her $10,000 goal, having only raised $175.
In January 2021, a rumour circulated online that Mercedes Cephas had died, but there was no proof of her death. For now, what he’s doing is a bit mysterious. He does have Facebook and Instagram profiles, but he’s pretty quiet on those accounts. His last Facebook post was in July 2020, when he updated his profile picture.