TLC’s My 600-Lb. Life follows the amazing transformations of morbidly obese people who embark on incredible weight loss journeys. People who take part in the reality series make major lifestyle changes, drastically alter their diets and, with the permission of their resident surgeon, may even undergo life-changing surgery to achieve their weight loss goals.
One unforgettable story that emerges in the show’s history is that of Marla, but what happened to the star of My 600-Lb. Life?
According to the Daily Mail, Marla McCants, from Nashville, Tennessee, weighed a life-threatening 800 pounds when she first appeared on the TLC reality series.
After undergoing gastric bypass surgery, Marla McCants and her daughter moved to Houston, Texas, where she continued to work with weight loss expert Dr. Now.
My 600-lb Life: Where Is Marla McCants, The Star Of ‘My 600-lb Life,’ Now
As of 2020, Marla lives in Gallatin, Tennessee and now describes herself as a health advocate and motivational speaker (via The Cinemaholic).
She also maintains her own blog where she shares updates on her life and weight loss journey. Like many of the other stars of the My 600-Lb. Life, Marla has since criticised the show’s production company Megalomedia, accusing them of faking and allegedly unethical behaviour (via Starcasm). Speaking on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show in 2019, Marla McCants recounted alleged production errors used throughout filming, particularly during one scene where she claims the recovery times for her stomach bypass were greatly exaggerated.
However, he made it clear that Dr. Now was not involved in his criticism. “I’m not gonna take anything away from [Dr. Now],” Marla McCants told Smiley, adding, “because he’s the best gastric bypass surgeon there is. But as for the rest … Television is pure entertainment. That’s all it is.