At the age of 38, James Bedard knew his food addiction had gone to the extreme of killing him every day, but he didn’t have the willpower to stop eating. He would often try to go out, but would always come back after just a few minutes, feeling he had to eat it all, as if that was the goal.
James Bedard even admitted that although he realised his massive body was a threat to his functionality, he couldn’t help but think about eating every second of every day. It limited his movement and experience, but he still pushed his limits to keep up with hygiene.
James Bedard has always been big, but it probably started because he grew up eating a lot of Caribbean food. According to his story, his dad wasn’t around much in his life, and whenever his mum came home from work in the evenings, he always cleared the plate for her to serve him.
It was crucial family time for her, but it eventually led to her breaking the 100kg barrier at the age of 6. This started James’ addiction and he even went as far as befriending his school caterers to give him snacks when he wanted them, meaning he ate all day.
James Bedard weighed 300 kilos at the age of 8, but gained another 200 kilos over the next decade. Things took a turn for the worse, however, when he got a job as a security guard straight out of high school, because money allowed him to order whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.
Needing a change, James moved to Florida at the age of 23 and pursued a career in music, during which he found a life partner who put them both on a diet for a better and safer life. His weight stabilised for a while, but he couldn’t stick to it and so, feeling like a burden, he returned to New York, taking the relationship a long way.
After more than a year in New York and depending on his brother, cousins and friends to help him, James Bedard decided to adopt the Dr. Now program and soon found out that he weighed 625 pounds. The major reasons for this number were his anxiety about public speaking, his ordering because he didn’t like his cooking, and the pain in his back, knees and ankles that limited his movement. There was even a vicious cycle where her eating habits provided her comfort but also led to her depression.
Where Is James Bedard, The Star Of ‘My 600-lb Life,’ Now?
James lost his father in the early years of his weight-loss journey, but despite grief and personal problems that slowed him down for a while, he was eventually able to get back on track. With the help of his support system, James ate healthily and exercised, and by doing homework in therapy sessions, he gradually learned how to be in the public eye and not use food as a coping mechanism. In 12 months, James lost an astonishing 119 pounds and was cleared for life-saving surgery; the only thing he needs to do now is move to Houston, Texas. Weighing in at 506 pounds, James seems determined to do whatever it takes to achieve his goal, but for now it looks like he’s still tying up loose ends in New York.