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My formerly 600-lb. Life

AFTER BATTLING LIFE-THREATENING OBESITY, 4 GRADS OF THE TLC SHOW OPEN UP ABOUT LOSING HUNDREDS OF POUNDS EACH—AND GETTING THEIR LIVES BACK

In 2012 TLC’s reality show My 600-lb. Life began documenting powerful stories that revolved around a lifesaving treatment: gastric bypass surgery. Each year they follow morbidly obese Americans, weighing at least 600 lbs. and unable to function without the help of others, through a dramatic journey. The results? The loss of at least half their body weight, often more. Their follow-up series My 600-lb. Life: Where Are They Now? (the season 3 finale is on May 31 at 8 p.m. on TLC) checks in to see how the patients are faring. “The show is a source of inspiration for people who struggle with food addiction,” says Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, a bariatric surgeon who treats the show’s patients in Houston. “It’s also had a positive impact on health-care providers, encouraging them not to discriminate against morbidly obese patients and

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