My 600-Lb Life is a reality series that brings heart and soul. The TLC favorite chronicles the journeys of morbidly obese individuals trying to transform their lives, and “transformation” is an optimal word because the changes can be shocking. What makes My 600-Lb. Life is the story behind these extraordinary people, and none of those who end up on the show had an easy life. This was certainly the case for Shannon Lowery and Lashanta White. Not every story in the TLC series ends well though, so the stakes are high.
Irene Walker knows the stakes are high, which is why she joined the TLC series and her story debuted on March 10, 2021, according to Distractify. Irene is from Houston, Texas, and was 39 years old when her story aired. She lives in an apartment with “her son, granddaughter and daughter-in-law” to help her. Irene turned to food for comfort when her mother left her abusive father, the release says, and later, when she was in an abusive relationship and became a single mother at 17, food became a coping mechanism. “Eating is what I do most of the day. It’s the only thing that brings me the pleasure that I want. It’s what I look forward to constantly,” Irene said. “When I eat, it helps me forget about everything else … because when I eat one of my favorite foods, all the evil in me is taken away until the food is gone.” So what has Irene’s journey been like?
My 600-Lb Life: Whatever Happened To Irene Walker?
Irene Walker faced more difficulties as an adult when she lost her father, mother, sister and aunt in the span of two years, according to Distractify.
As an adult, Irene became the mother of three more children after her young pregnancy, for a total of four children. All of these difficulties contributed to Irene’s weight struggle, which she spoke about. “My daily life is such a struggle now because of how my size has gotten,” Irene said. “It’s hard for me to do things because of my weight, so I rely on my family and friends to help me do what I need to do … I’m still able to get around and do some basic things for myself, like clean myself. So I push myself to do that. But it’s hard.”
When Irene first met with Dr. Now, she weighed 603 pounds. To get approved for bariatric surgery, she needed to lose 60 pounds (via Distractify), and it was a difficult journey.
During subsequent checkups, Irene had lost only five pounds and later only seven. But just over a year after starting her journey, Irene had lost 68 pounds. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Now had to postpone Irene’s surgery, according to The Cinemaholic, so Irene will have to continue losing weight through diet and exercise. She also shared a very cute new profile picture on Facebook and the happy news that she is in a relationship as of January 2021.