Fortunately, there are more success stories on My 600-Lb Life than tragic stories, though of course there are both. The show follows the weight loss journey of severely obese patients as they work with bariatric surgeon Dr. Now.
Dr. Nowzaradan’s plan is strict and patients find it very difficult to change their lifestyle and lose weight. One of the show’s success stories is Paula Jones.
When she appeared on her season 2 episode in 2014, Paula Jones weighed 542 pounds at just 33 years old. The mother-of-four lived through a difficult childhood, explaining that she had been molested as a child (via Metro) and blamed her mother for not protecting her. She had always turned to food for comfort and suffered from health problems including stroke and meningitis, Metro reports.
The real motivation came when she lost her husband for weight-related reasons, and she feared her children could be orphaned if she didn’t change her life.
Paula Jones moved her family from Georgia to Texas to work with Dr. She eventually lost 33 pounds on a liquid diet and qualified for bariatric surgery (according to The Cinemaholic).
After that, she worked with a personal trainer and counselor to continue her journey. By the time of the 2015 episode of Where Are They Now, she had lost 273 pounds. But her journey wasn’t over yet. Read on to see how Paula Jones became one of the show’s biggest success stories.
What Is My 600-lb Life Star Paula Jones Doing Today?
Paula Jones continued her difficult weight-loss journey after her surgery and in her 2015 book episode, My 600-Lb Life: Where Are They Now“, she weighed 269 pounds and qualified for skin removal surgery (according to The Cinemaholic).
In 2016, Paula Jones posted a picture on social media of herself standing on her three-year-old “surgeversary”: “From 600 lbs to 200 lbs,” revealing her 400-pound weight loss. She had gained down 142 pounds and lost 73.8% of her previous weight, giving her the fourth biggest weight loss in the series (via Starcasm)!
Paula Jones continues to lead a healthier life and is now encouraging others to do the same. In one episode, she was seen shopping with her daughter Savannah and teaching her how to make better choices.
She also promotes healthy living and has spoken at a weight loss conference (via Starcasm), a gathering where surgery patients can share their stories. On her birthday, she shared a photo on her Instagram asking people to light a candle for those who have lost their lives to obesity complications, with the hashtag #paulaspurpose. Paula Jones is also married to a new man who keeps his life very private, so there are no pictures of him to share. But apparently she doesn’t like spicy food. She also announced the birth of her first grandchild in 2019 and is excited to be a grandmother. Paula continues to live her best life and looks immensely happy.