TLC’s ‘My 600-lb Life’ has been giving us stories of incredible physical transformations since it premiered in 2012. Following morbidly obese people as they journey along a committed path involving challenging lifestyle changes to lose weight and improve their quality of life, this series chronicles their past while showing their hopes for the future.
And we’ll be honest, while some find the whole process of following a strict diet and workout plan quite challenging, some, like season nine’s Krystal Hall, thrive under the need for change.
My 600-lb Life: Krystal Hall’s Story
We first met Krystal Hall, 34, of Frankfort, Ohio, in episode 7 of season 9. She began her journey by explaining how her weight is the one thing that controls her relationship with her family, her behavior and her daily experiences, instead of the other way around.
“I feel like I’ve destroyed my life by letting my weight get as out of control as it is now because I’m 600 lbs and I’m miserable,” Krystal Hall said. “Every aspect of my life is affected by my size, to where I have to have help to do a lot now.”
With her diabetes, high blood pressure and stomach issues, along with her PCOS, joint pain and swelling, Krystal Hall needed physical support to do mundane activities like taking her medication or showering, which she couldn’t help but feel embarrassed and humiliated about.
Her husband, Freelin, echoed her sentiments by stating that sometimes he felt more like a janitor than a lover or partner. However, he added that he would stick around because he loves his wife and wants the best for her health, despite the number on the scale.
Like most people with any kind of addiction, Krystal Hall’s problems began because of trauma. From the age of about five to 13, she was molested by a cousin. Then, her mother’s boyfriend physically abused Krystal and her sisters before her brother arrived to sexually assault them. All of this led Krystal to find an escape in food, and once she realized that the older she got, the less they touched her, she didn’t stop. By the age of 10, Krystal weighed over 250 pounds, which increased to about 420 by the time she graduated from high school. Despite all of this, Krystal Hall was able to find a family in Freelin and her son (biological grandson) Josh. However, she realized that if she didn’t focus on her weight, health and lifestyle, she wouldn’t be able to have the long life she wanted with them. Therefore, Krystal decided to start the famous Dr. Now weight loss program. Even with her severe mental health issues of depression and anxiety, along with her immobility, Krystal managed to do very well on her own, that is until the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut everything down.
My 600-lb Life: Where Is Krystal Hall, The Star Of ‘My 600-lb Life,’ Now
From 618 lbs, Krystal was down to 527, shedding a total of 91 lbs to gain approval for gastric bypass surgery from Dr. Now. However, once the pandemic hit, she gained back 53 lbs in seven months. Krystal Hall was then told that if she couldn’t lose that weight again and move to Houston, Texas, within a month or two, nothing could be done for her. So, the 34-year-old decided to leave her husband to take care of things in Ohio while she moved in with her son to undergo the medical procedure.
“I’m more determined than ever, more determined than when I started this,” Krystal said at the end of her episode. “And I feel like I’m more motivated than ever because I’ve seen a little bit of what I’m capable of and I’ve had a little taste of how life can get better for me and for all of us if I keep making progress. So I’m not slowing down or going off the rails again. I’m staying focused on what’s in front of me and all the possibilities that will be there for me if I stay the course.” And it looks like Krystal has indeed continued on that path.
From what we can gather from Krystal Hall’s social media accounts, it looks like she’s lost some weight since the filming of her episode ended, suggesting that she may have already undergone life-saving surgery.