Unfortunately, like most who struggle with one form of eating addiction or another, Lisa Ebberson’s unhealthy relationship with eating began because of trauma. The Fairbury, Nebraska, native admits that she’s always been relatively large, like most of her family.
However, no one ever noticed, especially considering her difficult childhood. On the show, Lisa Ebberson said that her father was a good man until the day he started drinking, as he quickly turned into an alcoholic and then abused her mother before leaving them for good.
Because the matriarch later started working full-time to provide for her family, Lisa Ebberson and her sisters had to take care of themselves most of the time, which led them to eat mostly quick and easy junk food. On the show, Lisa revealed that what really pushed her towards binge/stress eating was that she was raped by two boys in what she believed to be a friend’s house at the age of 13.
Therefore, Lisa Ebberson decided that she never wanted to be touched again without consent, so she did her best to gain weight, which unfortunately got out of control with time, her teen pregnancy, and quite a few failed relationships. Therefore, at age 51, Lisa weighed 637 pounds and had been completely bedridden for almost four years, with doctors fearing she might break her ankle if she tried to walk without losing a few pounds.
All the health issues combined with the guilt of not being able to help her boyfriend of 10 years, Randy, at home, as well as the fear of losing any future opportunities with their grandchildren, eventually drove Lisa to try to change. At first she seemed determined to achieve her goal, but when the time came, Lisa not only ignored every aspect of Dr. Now’s detailed program – including physical therapy – but also tried to manipulate her way through.
What Is My 600-lb Life Star Lisa Ebberson Doing Today?
Lisa’s journey was filled with unreceptive and uncooperative tendencies, with her going so far as to yell at the dietitian and therapist sent to her, as well as calling Dr. Now rude. In fact, she had no contact with the latter for about four months, despite still being part of her weight loss program, that is, until she was hospitalized with COVID-19 and also lost Randy to the cruel disease. That’s when it seemed as if she got her wake-up call and started taking the process seriously, particularly since she had lost 83 pounds while admitted to the medical center.