Since its debut in 2012, My 600-Lb Life has documented dozens of stories of people who have tried to lose weight. But among those stories, some have stood out more than others; Pauline Potter’s is one of them.
When she appeared on the show in 2015, she was well over 600 kilos. In fact, she weighed 643 kilos in 2011 and was named the world’s heaviest woman by the Guinness Book of World Records. While holding the world record is usually something to be proud of, it was potentially fatal for Pauline Potter.
By the time she had My 600-Lb Life, she had become so heavy that she could no longer enjoy everyday life. Eating was the only thing she could muster enough energy to do, so it became the only thing she looked forward to.
She knew that if she didn’t change her habits, she wouldn’t be alive for much longer. She decided to turn to Dr. Now and he quickly put her on a very strict diet plan so she could lose enough weight to qualify for weight loss surgery.
At first, Pauline Potter found it difficult to stick to her daily calorie restriction, but eventually she was approved for weight loss surgery. Now that it’s been a couple of years since her operation, many viewers are curious how it turned out. Read on for an update on what happened to Pauline Potter after ‘My 600-Lb Life’.
Where Is Pauline Potter From My 600-Lb Life Now?
Many viewers were very happy for Pauline Potter when she was given the go-ahead for weight loss surgery. Unfortunately, her story didn’t end up with the happy ending everyone had hoped for – at least not at first.
Although the operation helped Pauline Potter lose weight initially, she struggled to make lifestyle changes. During her episode of ‘Where are they now? Pauline remarked: “That fat girl in me is still there. The doctor fixed our stomachs, but he didn’t fix our minds. I have to keep fighting.” Her comments touch on a theme that has been touched on by other My 600-Lb Life stars.
Apparently, there have been other actors who have felt that the therapy they underwent while taking part in the show was just a facade. Pauline Potter, however, had no negative feelings towards Dr. Now.
Unfortunately for Pauline Potter, her problems did not end there. She also developed an addiction to painkillers after she started taking tablets to help with her knee pain. This led to doctors discovering that she had a ruptured ulcer, which led to sepsis.
Although it was a devastating sequence of events for Pauline, it proved to be a much-needed wake-up call. She decided to re-enrol in Dr. Now’s weight loss programme and she was ready to take it much more seriously.
When Pauline went back to Dr. Now’s program, she began to see more results. Since the surgery, she has lost about 300 pounds and has also had skin removal surgery. Losing the weight has allowed Pauline to start enjoying all the things she had been deprived of for years. She no longer has to depend on her son and she can be much more active.