Introduced in the gripping season 9 of My 600-lb Life, Thederick Barnes from Florida captivated audiences when he stepped on the scale and it read a staggering 740 lbs. At 32, the heavy dependence on his mother wasn’t just emotional but also vital for his survival. Known for his love of ice cream, it wasn’t just the frozen treat that led to his massive weight. Thederick faced numerous health challenges, including lymphedema, that culminated in hospitalization.
Thederick’s only moments of genuine joy came when the ice cream man visited. His words, “It starts to make my day get better at that point,” resonate with anyone who understands the pull of comfort food. His love for this sugary treat was more than a simple indulgence; it was an addiction that bound him to his bed and sabotaged his weight loss goals. My 600-lb Life has never shied away from exposing the raw reality of obesity, and Thederick’s case was no exception.
My 600-lb Life: When Pizza and Wings Became More than a Meal
While Thederick Barnes’s love for ice cream is well-documented, his other dietary preferences were equally alarming. “I like pizza a lot and I eat a lot of pizza,” he publicly admitted. And it wasn’t just a slice or two; Thederick could down two entire pizzas in a single sitting, not to mention two orders of wings and a side of cheese bread. Food for him was more than sustenance; it was a coping mechanism.
Given the high sugar content, even fruits were off-limits for Thederick as advised by his nutritionist. A significant change in diet was not just recommended, it was imperative. “You don’t gotta eat it if you don’t want it,” he would tell himself before devouring all the food he had ordered. These are words that many of us can relate to, highlighting the universal struggle with food and body image.
My 600-lb Life: Thederick’s Tremendous Weight Loss Journey
However, life had a different plan for Thederick. Under the strict regimen and watchful eyes of Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, popularly known as Dr. Now, he managed to lose a remarkable 125 lbs. This transformative weight loss qualified him for bariatric surgery, which was a major milestone in his journey towards a healthier life.
Despite initial delays due to his weak heart, by 2023 Thederick underwent the life-altering surgery. Furthermore, the troublesome lymphedema was also taken care of. Thederick now documents his weight loss milestones on his Instagram, offering inspiration for those on a similar path. It seems like he is getting slimmer and healthier with each passing day.