To celebrate the beginning of the decade (and motivate us all to keep our New Year’s resolutions in check), TLC is making its debut in Season 8 of My 600-lb Life, a reality show focused on the lives of morbidly obese men and women who travel to Houston to undergo a rigorous weight loss transformation under the care of Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, affectionately known as Dr. Now.
Most of the patients on the show are incapacitated – both physically and mentally, mostly both – because of their addiction to food and the unhealthy relationship they have with food, which often begins at an early age.
For brothers John and Lonnie, food was the way they got “that happy and safe feeling” from before they turned 10, after their mother’s remarriage. Their weight increased from then on, when food became their survival mechanism.
So where are John and Lonnie following their weight loss journey and their experience with Dr. Now? Read on to find out.
‘My 600-lb Life’ – John and Lonnie’s weight-loss journey allowed them to reconnect once again.
John, 35, and Lonnie, 36, began to equate food with comfort from a very young age, dating back to the time their mother remarried. When we first meet them on the show, they weigh 686.5 pounds and 612.7 pounds respectively.
“This trip is a hope for me and I’m glad we’re both doing it because I want us both to become healthy so we can be a part of each other’s lives for a long time,” Lonnie tells the cameras. “None of us have been able to have weight loss surgery and it’s going to take something so drastic to give John and me the chance to fight to lose all the weight we need,” he adds.
The brothers fell because of Lonnie’s sexuality. “Our stepfather gave me all kinds of hell because I was always different,” reveals the older brother, revealing that he became gay for his religious mother as a teenager, but kept his identity hidden when she disapproved “wiped out.
‘My 600-lb Life’ – Where are John and Lonnie from My 600-lb Life today?
“I’ve basically decided to stay in the closet after that,” Lonnie admits. “Only my brother knew, but I tried to hide my sexuality so I wouldn’t disappoint my mother. So the food is what helped me through that time. It was the only thing I could control in my life that made me happy and felt happy. So I kept eating and got bigger and bigger.”
It didn’t help John to support his brother terribly either. “I didn’t really agree with that because my mother had raised us to be religious,” says John, revealing that it was the reason why brothers “hadn’t had a relationship for a long time.
While Lonnie now seems to pay relatively little attention to social media (he hasn’t updated his Facebook page since 2016), the hairdresser notes that his weight loss (which totals £245 and brings him to £368 by the end of the show) has resulted in extra stamina at work. “I can go all day now,” he says about standing on his feet.
Meanwhile, John – who has lost 294 pounds and weighs in at the end of the show at 393 pounds – is ready for his TLC fans! The father-of-one recently created a “public figure” account to share and track his weight loss. “Hard work pays off,” he writes on his page. Just a few days before the premiere of his January 1 episode, he shared a huge milestone. “Me and my family went to my first Dallas Cowboys game,” he shared in a post.
“A year ago this would not have been possible because I could not walk or fit in the seats, but thank God I have my life back and I can show my son how much he means to me and that we can do this kind of thing now,” he added. We see that at the end of the episode he fits into bed with his wife and plays with his son Caleb.
Congratulations to these determined brothers! Their hard work is certainly paying off and the episode has garnered a number of new fans. “Probably the best episode I’ve ever seen,” writes a viewer on Facebook. “You and your brother seem like such good people.”