The weight-loss reality series My 600-Lb Life is back for Season 8 on TLC and the stakes have never been so high. People are more overweight than ever in the US and even in some European countries, and the surrounding Americans are shortening their lifespan and losing quality of life and mobility.
In our exclusive clip of the premiere with Lindsey, who is 39 years old and from Iowa and who seems to have had it all: a house with a white picket fence, a devoted husband and a great job.
Lindsey’s inability to stop eating causes serious problems. Paul has a normal weight, but his wife is twice as big and he has clearly had it.
Her food addiction threatens to ruin everything. And when she embarks on a journey of weight loss to save her life, is her husband a support or is he an addict with another stripe?
Health care costs are rising and people are finding out that obesity is a money-sucking situation, with various medications, doctor bills and lost wages.
Enter TLC’s secret weapon and beloved doctor Dr. Now, the Houston-based doctor who is the “no daddy” of diets. He is strict and cuts through lies and apologies with one-liners who often become hilarious memes shared across the Internet.
The video below is a piece of a couple’s daily life and opens with Paul, who is having dinner with Lindsey.
In a voice-over he shares his frustration and says: “Lindsey Witte has been struggling a bit with a diet and when I try to help her, she doesn’t like it, so we have a lot of arguments and I’m just trying to realize what needs to be done.
“What do we eat, how and when, why and where. I’ve tried a few times to say no to Lindsey, but it doesn’t work,” continues Paul. “That’s the hardest part. I might get cut off. I could be ridiculed. I could scream, but I want Lindsey Witte to be healthy. I’m just gonna say it… I have to start by saying no. I’m ready to say no, because if I’m not gonna say no now, I have to say yes to the undertaker.”
While she’s eating a salad micromanaging the dressing portion, Paul says to Lindsey, “What do you think, all right?
Not much enthusiasm, Lindsey Witte says, “I mean, it’s not a cheeseburger, but yeah… it’s really good.”
Lindsey Witte explains her position in another voice-over and says, “This is so hard. If I’m gonna stick to the calorie limit I’m trying to maintain, that’s the last bit of food I can get today. So all I can think about is just going to go to bed and try to satisfy my hunger.”
“The drag it off plan doesn’t really work,” Lindsey continued. “My desires don’t go away and the hunger pains make it hard for me to fall asleep. But I think if I can only get a small amount of something that tastes good, then maybe I should fall asleep and not give it in a big way.
In bed, she’s yelling to Paul, “Hey, honey, do we have any more food?”
Paul’s obviously annoyed. He says, “Yeah, we do, but do you really want to eat those snacks?”
Lindsey Witte says, “Well, my back really hurts and…”
Growing impatient, Paul cuts her off. He says, “I’m sorry and I apologize for hurting their backs, but if you start snacking now, honey, like…”
“Please go get it,” she says. “I just want some snacks. I promise I’ll try harder the next day. Will you please just go get it?”
Cue the moment Paul gets tired of it. He comes back and throws bags of chips at her.
He says, “Hey, how’s this? There you go, eating your f***ing snacks, because this is what it is. You know what this here is? All these little things here in his bag are considered death,Lindsey,and you kill yourself with his bullshit,and I’m not staying for it.”
The emotional fan-favorite series focuses on the personal stories of these damaged people struggling to escape the prison that is their own body.
This season on My 600-lb Life we see new journeys and first-hand images of their hardships with addiction, dependency and the inevitable impact their condition has on their families and loved ones.
Each episode shows Dr. Nowzaradan and charts the ongoing incredible progress as these people live the life they had hoped for.
Watch this My 600-lb Life exclusive sneak peek and tune in and see if Lindsey and Paul make it as a couple.