My 600-lb Life: Where Is Dolly Martinez, The Star Of ‘My 600-lb Life,’ Now?

My 600-lb Life: Where Is Dolly Martinez, The Star Of ‘My 600-lb Life,’ Now?

When we first met Dolly Martinez, she was 25 years old. She struggled with mobility, hygiene, congestive heart failure, and breathing issues. Despite these challenges, she’s been resilient her entire life.

Her unhealthy relationship with food began in childhood. Her father prioritized his drug addiction over his family, leaving her mother to fend for them alone. Adding to her difficulties, Dolly was diagnosed with ADD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder in kindergarten.

Feeling singled out, Dolly sought solace in food. By age 7, she weighed 120 pounds, leading to bullying and a cycle of overeating. Her mother coming out as a lesbian exacerbated Dolly’s struggles with societal judgment.

Dropping out of school and joining the Job Corps didn’t improve her situation. Health issues made it hard for her to maintain employment. Food became her coping mechanism, especially after her father’s meth overdose.

Living with her partner-turned-husband, Ricky, proved challenging. Despite his advocacy, their relationship was abusive. After giving birth, custody of her daughter went to her mother, Staci, due to Dolly’s inability to care for herself.

At 593 pounds, Dolly aimed for a healthier future but faced setbacks. Struggling with dieting and temptations, she left Staci for a homeless shelter. Briefly reuniting with Ricky, she later got engaged to Philip, whom she met at the shelter.

Living off Philip’s disability checks in a Houston hotel, their unconventional setup raised eyebrows.

My 600-lb Life: Where Is Dolly Martinez, The Star Of ‘My 600-lb Life,’ Now?

Dolly thought weight loss surgery would fix everything. But after losing 40 pounds in a year, Dr. Now said no. He wanted her to stick to the plan, see a therapist monthly, and take charge of her life.

Independence and responsibility were key. Dolly may be making progress. Her social media shows no significant weight loss, but she’s closer to her daughter. It’s unclear if she’s in Houston or Fort Worth.

Written by Sarah Milner

Sarah Milner is a freelance writer for over 5 years.


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