Tonight’s episode of “My 600-Lb. Life” gave viewers a glimpse of the life of a morbidly obese man. This series explores a year during the life of 600-pound individuals trying to regain control over their lives. Chad Dean 42 is one of them; he lives in Hagerstown, Maryland and his weight is unknown. As the episode begins he states that being lost is not the worst place to be; it is being lost and refusing to get help.
His life is depressing, his wife Ayesha watches him as she attempts to wash him as he lies on the bed. She carefully puts the washcloth between the numerous folds of skin and huge bumps that hang from his legs. He had a mother who used food as a means of love. As he grew, he continued to gain and when he played football, his grandmother sewed two uniforms together so he could play. By graduation, he was pushing 400 pounds.
He got a job driving trucks, and that was when his weight took a turn for the worse. He drove and ate chips and drank a twelve-pack of soda a day. He went to 500-pounds. One day as he climbed up on the truck, his left leg gave way, and his driving days were over. Ayesha’s world turned upside down on that day. She had to go to work. They have two children; Taqua is ten and JoJo is nine and autistic. Food has taken control over his life, and his wife sees him sitting and eating all day. His daughter wants him to lose weight, so he can play with her outside. His wife knows he is not the Chad she fell in love with. He knows he must do something about this or die.
He found the compassionate and wonderful Dr. Nowzaradan who specializes in weight-loss surgery for patients his size. They sold their house and moved to Houston, Texas so Chad could be near him. Chad’s wife and kids are sacrificing everything in hope that they can get their husband and father back. He hopes that Dr. Now can help him because this is his last chance.
They checked into a hotel until they can find a home. At month one, he weighed 701 pounds. Dr. Nowzaradan told him that he turned the family into enablers. He must lose forty pounds by next month to prove to Dr. Now that he can do this. He must want this. A week later, they found an apartment. Just to walk outside to get the mail was torture for him.
At month two, he lost exactly forty pounds. Next, he will be getting tested to see if he can survive the surgery. At month three, he was in the hospital awaiting his weight-loss surgery. As the surgery began, they decreased the size of his stomach by ninety-percent. Dr. Now expects him to do very well.
At month four, his current weight was 612, after losing 40 pounds since surgery and total loss of 89 pounds. He is still on a liquid diet and watches his daughter eating cheese snacks. He is walking without a cane and had fun with the kids in the park. He should be eating small amounts of solid food, but is scared to tell the doctor that it makes him sick to eat.
At month six, he sees the doctor and still cannot eat anything without getting sick. He now weighs 520 with a loss of 181 pounds. He told the doctor that he could not eat and cannot afford the medication. Dr. Nowzaradan knows that Chad is doing whatever he wants; the same reason he got up to seven hundred pounds in the first place. Now he must go to the hospital for an endoscopy. It showed a swelling of the junction of his stomach and intestines where the operation was done. By not taking his medication, he could have damaged it permanently. Dr. Now stretched the narrowing to help him eat better.
At month seven, he weighed 511, total loss of 190 and since surgery 141 pounds. Ayesha was sick today, so Chad helped around the house. He can keep food down since the swelling has been relieved. He now plays with the kids and smiles much more. He told Ayesha how sorry he was for not being the man he was supposed to be. She forgave him and he now wants to provide for his family again.
At month eight, he weighs 492; loss since surgery is 160, with total loss of 209. He is interviewing with a trucking company. He explained his situation and was told he must be able to life a hundred pounds, and it is a dirty job. When he tried to get into the cab, he could not do it. They understood his dilemma and now he knows he must work harder. So he went directly to the gym. Ayesha was proud of him for trying, and now knows that it will be fine.
At month ten, with 178 pounds lost since surgery, he now weighs 474. He and Ayesha go shopping for new clothes, so he can go on job interviews. He went from an 8X to a 4X and has not worn that size since high school.
At month eleven, having lost 242 total pounds, he now weighs 459. He got a job at a car rental agency and is thrilled to be employed. He is glad he did not get the job in trucking because that is where he gained the most weight. Now he is active all day long and does not think about eating.
At month twelve, he now weighs 441 pounds and still losing. Dr. Nowzaradan expects him to hit his target weight in the next six months. They now do fun things together as a family like bowling, walking and just enjoying each other’s company on this episode of “My 600-Lb. Life.” Chad, you are an inspiration to many, congratulations on your transformation as your journey continues. God bless you and your lovely family.