What was intended as a five-part miniseries that followed the weight loss transformation of obese individuals over the course of 7 years, has now become a full-fledged TLC series that follows the same journey in just one year. With the help of renowned bariatric surgeon Dr. Now and his weight loss program in Houston, Texas, these individuals inspire us through their motivation, dedication and hard work to go from near death to a fit and healthy life. And “My 600-lb Life” Season 9 Episode 2 subject, Thederick, proved to be no different. So, if you’re curious here about where he is now, we’ve got you covered.
My 600-lb Life: Thederick Barnes’s Story
According to the official synopsis of the episode, titled “Thederick Barnes’s Story,” “Thederick has been housebound by food for 10 years and only goes out to greet the ice cream man. After a recent hospital crash, it finally dawned on him that if Dr. Now’s program doesn’t work for him, nothing will.” Bedbound and with little mobility left, Thedrick understood the gravity of his situation, especially as the effect his weight was having on his life and health became more apparent by the day. But even that he could not let go of, his unnatural obsession with food.
“All I do is eat,” Thederick Barnes admitted. “It makes me feel” In fact, his days began with sitting on the porch waiting for the ice cream man to drive by so he could have his comfort food for breakfast. This process was not new to him, as he even maintained a long-term account with his supplier. “The treats make it worth it for me to push myself to go outside,” he said, explaining that getting out of bed and walking to his front door was the only bit of exercise he ever got. “I order a lot and tell myself, ‘You don’t have to eat it if you don’t want to,’ but I end up eating it all at once.”
Although Thederick Barnes sometimes seemed defeated by his addiction, he eventually became proactive and did what he had to do to start living healthier. At the beginning of the episode, Thedrick tapped the scale at 740 pounds, but he managed to lose 125 pounds on his own and weighed 615 pounds in just five months, gaining approval from Dr. Now for weight loss surgery. Unfortunately, on the day of his surgery, it was discovered that he had a weak heart, making the surgery too risky. And so he was asked to lose some more weight before the professionals could try again to help him.
My 600-lb Life: Where Is Thederick Barnes, The Star Of ‘My 600-lb Life,’ Now
Because of the secrecy that TLC and “My 600-lb Life” requires of all its cast members to ensure that nothing leaks out, no one is allowed to reveal any information until well after their episode has aired. Therefore, it is not entirely clear if Thederick Barnes was able to reach his weight reduction goals and get the surgery he dreamed of or not.
However, he does seem to have continued with his exercises and weight loss journey. From the latest photos on his Instagram, it appears that Thedrick Barnes is much slimmer, at least in his face, which leads us to believe that he is still determined to turn his life around and lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.