If you tune in to My 600-lb Life, then you’ve probably noticed that the TLC series often ends with a huge cliffhanger. “Were they able to get the surgery?” fans wonder, along with “How are they doing today?”
The fact that weight loss journeys are often unresolved highlights how difficult it is for morbidly obese individuals to make – and stick to – the healthy diet and exercise plan given to them by Dr. Now.
What Happened To Shannon Lowery From My 600 Lb Life?
Viewers were introduced to Shannon Lowery, 39, of Tucson, Ariz. when her episode of My 600-lb Life premiered March 3. “I hate my life because I’m not even living anymore,” Shannon Lowery said on the show. “I’m too big to do anything, so my whole world is just my bed right now. I can still get up, but just barely because of how bad it hurts to move all my weight around now.”
She added, “So I stay in this bed all day, and it’s miserable. The only activity I do is when I have to get up for my husband, Simon, to clean myself, to go to the bathroom or to eat.”
When Shannon Lowery’s father and stepmother divorced, it had a profound impact on her life. “He was always working to keep a roof over our heads. There was never any food in the house because he was always working, so I would go to his work and eat – he worked in fast food,” she explained. “And I think that’s where my love of food started. Because my stepmother and brothers had moved away, and I was suddenly alone most of the time. So I used food to help me feel better when I was lonely.”
When Shannon Lowery initially met with Dr. Now via video call, her exact weight was unknown. He gave her two months to lose 30 pounds.
However, when Shannon Lowery traveled to Texas and met Dr. Now in person, her weight was 739 pounds. She was immediately hospitalized to address medical issues that posed an immediate danger to her life. After two weeks in the hospital, it was deemed safe for Shannon to return home. Dr. Now gave her two months to lose 150 pounds – and she had already lost some weight while on a calorie-restricted diet in the hospital. Things were getting better.
Unfortunately, Shannon Lowery seemed to have gained weight when she visited Dr. Now several months after the deadline he gave her. At this point, Shannon Lowery turned her attention back to losing weight and began meeting with a personal trainer at a gym to work out.
When she returned to Dr. Now during the 13th month of her weight loss journey, Shannon Lowery was able to step on the scale, which showed she weighed 698. “I’m happy to see that Shannon has finally started to make some progress on her own,” he said. “But her body won’t be able to hold on long enough if she continues to lose only at this rate.”
Dr. Now again gave Shannon Lowery a goal of losing 150 pounds in two months – and if she didn’t move to Texas within two months, then she would have to add another 30 pounds per month to her goal. “This past month I’ve done really well,” Shannon said 14 months into her journey. “My endurance has continued to improve with how much I’m training. So I’m trying to be more active and get out of bed more.” In addition, Shannon and Simon had found a home in Houston and would be moving there in a couple of months. “From here on out, I made the choice to get healthy and do things to be healthy mentally and physically,” she said at the end of her My 600-lb Life episode. “And I plan to continue to pursue that as my new lifestyle.”