The life of 24-year-old Megan is hanging by a thread. The star of My 600-lb Life has become “too old to [take care of] myself alone” and now lives with her certified mom.
“When I eat, I feel a sense of comfort, love, a sense of fullness,” Megan explains about her relationship with food, which she calls “my constant best friend.
Megan’s unhealthy relationship with food began at an early age, and around the age of 5 or 6, the reality star remembers that she weighed “about 200 pounds.
Now she is ready to change her life and break her habits. “I can’t go on living like this, it’s a living hell,” she says to the camera, holding back her tears.
For Megan, who can’t even see her beloved father because she lives 30-45 minutes away in a facility too far away to drive there, the two-day trip to Dr. Now’s office fills her with inspiration. For the first time in years, she sees a world outside the confines of her mother’s home, where she lives.
Dr. Now is surprised at her health when he arrives at her Houston office. “It’s shocking to see so many medical problems in someone so young,” he says of her many illnesses, and the 12 medications she has to take every day. “Some of the medications he takes,” he adds on another visit, “are usually taken by people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.
Megan knows she can’t get on with her health as it is. “I know my health is really bad now, because the more I move, the worse my breathing gets,” she says. Also, she’s always dreamed of making a career as a pediatric nurse, but her weight prevents her from having a job where she has to stand.
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Megan’s is a very long and windy journey. Slowly, she is committed to taking responsibility for her food choices and manages to lose weight consistently, even though her mom is not changing her unhealthy diet.
Three months later, Megan loses four and a half pounds. At the next checkup, a few months later, she weighs 558 pounds. “She hasn’t changed much in her eating habits yet and that’s the problem right now,” rebukes Dr. Now.
After Dr. Now tells Megan that she has to buckle up to get approved for surgery, she and her mother move to Houston. At the next weigh-in, she loses 100 pounds, a total of 84 since the program began. “At least you’ve remained consistent,” comments Dr. Now.
The doctor and patient make a deal: “If you lose another 30 and go down to 500,” Dr. Now offers, “to show us that your body is healthy enough for weight loss surgery, we’ll go ahead with that.
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While Megan manages to lose even more weight than Dr. Now suggested, and registers under 500 pounds, her health concerns remain such that the famous surgeon cannot approve her for gastric sleeve surgery.
“As much as I’d like to tell her that we can go ahead with her weight loss surgery,” she complains, “it still seems like it’s too risky and you have to lose more fat in your body by losing more weight.
“I am proud of your progress,” he adds, saying that if you can continue to stick to your diet, you will monitor your health and surgery options on a monthly basis. By month 12, Megan, who buys her heavy-duty scale on the internet, weighs 481 pounds. Unfortunately, she reveals that “she went to do more tests and nothing has changed.
Surprisingly, Megan hasn’t given up hope. After being understandably “shocked and discouraged” when Dr. Now gave the news, she now has a new outlook on life. “The opportunity to have surgery and a new life motivated me to work harder than I have ever done,” she finally reveals during a walk with her dog and her mom, adding that she “doesn’t let anything get in my way.
Megan admits she never imagined she could lose so much weight simply by dieting, and now she can’t wait to live independently, start a career, start a family, and “do all the other things I haven’t been able to do because of my weight.