Wow, just when we thought My 600-lb Life couldn’t be crazier, we meet J.T., a patient who weighs almost 900 pounds by the time he leaves his Oklahoma house to visit Dr. Now’s office in Houston.
This is one of the heaviest patients that has ever come into Dr. Now’s care, and certainly the heaviest this writer has ever seen, but it is worth noting that J.T. also has a massive lymphedema on his leg that adds an extra 100 pounds that he has to wear, bringing his weight to a total of 892 pounds.
If you haven’t watched the episode, you should be honest, because it’s a doozy. There’s so much going on and yet so little, so it seems to fly by for the whole hour and a half. If nothing else, you’ll definitely remember why this show is so great in the first place.
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So we meet J.T. at his humble home in Oklahoma, where he lives with his dog and girlfriend, Jessica. He’s 32 years old, but hasn’t had a job since he hit 700 pounds out of 25 because he couldn’t stand up physically. “Now I don’t know how much I weigh,” he announces.
Jessica supports the household and always makes sure J.T. is well fed. Because more than the countless other patients we’ve seen on My 600-lb Life, J.T. is candid about how critically obsessed and addicted he is to food.
“Nothing in my life can compete with how food makes me feel,” is a trifle he shares. “Food is better for me than s*x, and every time I take a bite, it’s like being transported to another world.” Then later, “I can’t imagine my life without it being my life. When I’m awake, I eat or wait to eat, and when I sleep, I dream of food.”
My 600-lb Life’: J.T. manages to drop nearly 400 pounds under Dr. Now’s care.
J.T. reaches the point where he eats 24/7, weighs “so much that I can barely move” and begins to realize that “at any moment my heart can just give out”, so he goes on a harrowing road trip to Houston to visit Dr. Now.
We’ll spare you some details, but essentially Dr. Now agrees to take him as a patient, although he advises J.T. He has to move to Houston because it’s too much on his body and his lymphedema, which everyone is very worried about. Jessica breaks up with J.T. because it’s all just too much and she wants to go back to her normal life, and frankly, who can blame her?
This means that J.T.’s job is to lose the rest of the weight he needs for the gastric surgery with the help of only Dr. Now and a cousin who comes to visit him at the rehabilitation center in Houston and halfway between the houses where he lives before the surgery.
At the end of the 12-month trip, after some serious tete-a-tetes with Dr. Now (“You’re killing yourself with food,” he tells J.T. at one point. “What part of that is hard to understand?!”, he gets the surgery and eventually gets a total of 373 pounds. His last weight shows 491 pounds.
Now that he’s had the surgery and dropped the weight, the next step is to remove the enormous mass on his leg, which Dr. Now hopefully will remove another hundred or so pounds. We don’t see that happening on the show, but hope that he has done it and is now well on his way to achieving his life’s goal of visiting Japan.
“I feel that all the hard work and sacrifices it has cost are paying off,” he says as we leave him. “A year ago, I couldn’t even see a future for myself.”