TLC’s ‘My 600-lb Life‘ is a series that follows the journey of morbidly obese individuals who are trying to turn over a new leaf and lose weight in hopes of creating a future for themselves.
As we see them undergo a painstaking weight loss program in order to gain approval for the risky gastric bypass surgery, we get an in-depth look at their lives and their problems. So it’s no wonder we wonder where their progress is and where they are even after a while. So without further ado, let’s find out how season 9’s Shannon is doing today, shall we?
My 600-lb Life: Shannon Lowery’s Story
The episode titled ‘Shannon Lowery’s Story’ is outlined by TLC as, “Shannon’s husband loves her just the way she is, but that may not help because she weighs 700 pounds and is bedridden.
Dr. Now knows it’s not easy to break a toxic cycle of overeating and enabling, but that’s what needs to happen if Shannon Lowery wants to live past 40.” Shannon Lowery, 39, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, began her episode by recounting how her daily life is a struggle because of her size. She is mobile, but only enough to clean herself, go to the bathroom and eat.
Like most people with a food addiction, Shannon Lowery started eating to cope with her trauma. Her birth mother abandoned her when she was just born, and when her father remarried, she became very attached to her stepmother. So when they divorced, she was devastated.
As a single, working parent, her father, Dale, couldn’t do much for a while. This led Shannon Lowery to frequent his workplace, a fast-food restaurant where her love of food was born. Eating her thrills, by the age of 7 Shannon grew to weigh over 100 pounds.
Unfortunately, as Shannon Lowery continued to gain weight, Dale could not continue to care for her. He had to send her to relatives, where she lived for a year and a half before her mother made her reappearance in his life. As time went on, with Shannon’s mother blaming her for being short on money and the scarcity of food in the house, things got worse for the Arizona native.
Eventually, after Shannon Lowery’s mother legally declared that she wanted nothing more to do with her, and many unstable moves later, Shannon attempted suicide. This eventually led to her having to have a janitor at all times.
Although Shannon Lowery’s father and neighbors provided the 39-year-old with a solid support system, checking in on her whenever possible, it was her husband, Simon, who was, and still seems to be, her primary janitor. But because of his deep-seated love for her, he tended to act as an enabler at times. Fortunately, Shannon realized that she wouldn’t have a life or future with the husband she considers her whole world if she didn’t stop eating and make some profound lifestyle changes. So, she contacted Dr. Now in Houston, Texas, and began her tumultuous one-year weight loss journey.
My 600-lb Life: Where Is Shannon Lowery, The Star Of ‘My 600-lb Life,’ Now
When Shannon Lowery first met Dr. Now two months after starting the program, her weight was 739 pounds, resulting in her immediate hospitalization to address life-threatening issues. But after being discharged and left to fend for herself once again, she seemed to gain even more weight (especially during the coronavirus blockage). After all, at her follow-up, she couldn’t even fit on the scale. Fortunately, though, Shannon Lowery was soon dedicated to her weight loss again – hiring a personal trainer at a local gym and sticking to her low-calorie diet.
When we last saw Shannon Lowery, she weighed 698 pounds and was given a goal of losing 150 pounds in two months. But Dr. Now also made it clear that if she didn’t move to Texas by the end of this period, she would have to add another 30 pounds per month to her given goal. After all, being closer to her medical care, especially around the time of her surgery, if she was able to lose weight and get approved, is something he felt was necessary. “From here on out, I made the choice to get healthy and do things to be healthy mentally and physically,” Shannon said at the end of her episode. “And I will continue to pursue that as my new way of life.”