My 600-lb Life started its ninth season with the story of Samantha Mason. The nearly 1,000-pound TLC star revealed her dangerous relationship with food and her struggle to change her lifestyle. The two-hour premiere was also part of her journey to losing weight. Though struggling, Samantha managed to cling to her sleek goals.
Samantha Mason, also known as Vanilla Hippo, opened up about her life as a morbidly obese single mother on My 600-lb Life season 9. The 35-year-old internet star from Denver, Colorado has always struggled with her weight, but she has found a way to use it to her advantage.
Samantha Mason revealed that eating her binge has been very helpful to her in terms of financial income. She does “fetish modeling” where she gets paid for the food to her heart’s content.
“I eat for people,” said the My 600-lb Life star. “I just eat what I want and they pay for it, as long as I film it. So that’s how I make my living and keep going, and it makes me feel appreciated, so I’m happy to do it”.
But her daughter, Bella, seemed to have mixed feelings about it. She said Samantha Mason’s “self-image really improved after she started that modeling job”. But she’s afraid it’s only going to get worse for her mother.
My 600-lb Life: Samantha Mason’s Drastic Weight Loss
Yet Samantha Mason knows that the risks of binge eating outweigh the benefits she gets from it. She acknowledged the fact that her fetish model railroad is “unhealthy”. At the time of filming, she weighed almost 1,000 pounds
This led her to seek help from Dr. Nowzaradan and eventually she underwent gastric bypass surgery. Samantha Mason seemed to be making good progress with her weight loss program.
A few months after the surgery she already weighed 627 pounds. And towards the end of her My 600-lb Life episode, Samantha Mason dropped to an impressive 496 pounds, meaning she had lost about half of her original weight.