The TLC series My 600-Lb Life has captivated and inspired viewers since its premiere in 2012. Viewers cheer on the extremely obese patients who work with bariatric surgeon Dr. Younan Nowzaradan to change their lives for the better.
Viewers wish the contestants weight loss success and many of the participants have made amazing changes. However, not every story featured on the show is a success and not everyone earns the transformation of their dreams.
Penny Saeger is one such sad case. Saeger earned a reputation for being stubborn by refusing to follow Dr. Now’s recommendations. She appeared on the reality show at the start of its second season in 2014. She was 46 years old, weighed 530 pounds and had been bedridden for four years.
According to The Cinemaholic, Penny Saeger had always been difficult, using food to escape her alcoholic and abusive father. She wore plus-size clothes from the age of 9 and weighed 300 kilos at 22. She gained another 150 kilos when she started seeing her husband Edgar, added more when she was pregnant with their son Liam, and never managed to lose it.
Edgar became his main carer and both parents worried that Liam would have to grow up without a mother. Starcasm shared a video taken from Penny Saeger’s bed several years before the show aired, in which she tells Liam how much she loves him and that “Mommy’s working really, really hard”. But viewers have questioned whether this claim is true.
What Is My 600-lb Life Star Penny Saeger Doing Today?
When Penny Saeger appeared on the show, she was determined to prove to Dr. Now that she could lose the weight needed for gastric bypass surgery. She only lost 35 pounds, but it was enough to show her commitment, and she did the surgery.
But not only did he lose more weight afterwards, he gained five pounds (according to The Cinemaholic). He had been sneaking food into the hospital and asking the nurses for extra food. Penny soon left the program and returned home to Elkton, Maryland, where she could control her own food. In her 2015 book, My 600-Lb Life: Where Are They Now episode, Penny hadn’t made much progress on her weight-loss journey, staying confined to bed and refusing to exercise or make healthy changes in her life. This saddened and angered viewers as her surgery was paid for by family and friends who had donated money.
Little is now known about Penny and rumours of her death circulated – and a Facebook post by her husband Edgar didn’t help the grief.
But she is alive, reports SoapDirt. Edgar posted about their anniversary in 2019 and Penny was still wearing a nose job. Her Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts are mostly empty – although given the angry and hurtful comments that populate her few posts, we can’t blame her. When he does post, it’s mostly photos of his family.