Last night’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. Sean Milliken 26 is one of them; he lives in Cameron Park, California and his weight is unknown. As the episode begins he states that he must reach outside himself for help. His movements cause him much pain. He has open sores on his midsection and with a huge mass on his side that is difficult to lift when his mother and friend wash him.
As a child, his father had anger issues, and his parents divorced when he was young, however, he blamed himself for the divorce. He found comfort in food and continues to eat without stopping. His mother is his enabler and gets him fast food often.
They are moving to Houston, Texas to be close to Dr. Nowzaradan. Friends from their church came to help them pack and assist Sean into the car. The long ride will be worth it if he accepts the help. He knows that he will die if he does not do something.
He headed straight to the hospital to see Dr. Nowzaradan. When he was able to stand on the scale, he was too heavy to register the maximum of 800 pounds. Dr. Now put him in a bed to weigh him, and his weight was 919.
At month two, they are trying to settle in. He insisted his mother gave him something to eat, but he is not following the diet assigned to him.
At month three, he is headed to the doctor to see if he lost 100 pounds, as expected. His mother continued to overfeed him despite the doctor’s warning. Dr. Nowzaradan knew when he saw Sean that he had gained and decided to put him in the hospital to control his diet, he now weighed 1003 pounds.
At month five, he is complaining that he is starving after being in the hospital for two months on a controlled diet. After two months, he lost 259 pounds. He was sent home to prove he could handle the diet. His mother tried to push him to exercise, but he whined and complained. The nutritionist is coming today to help him with his diet. His mother confessed that he was eating double the 800 calories he is supposed to be eating. A week later, the physical therapist arrived to help him with mobility. However, Sean is resisting all efforts to help himself.
At month six, he went to the hospital because he is complaining of chest pains. Dr. Now knows that if he is playing games, he will be sorry. Sure enough, he gained 47 pounds. Dr. Now is sending him home and sending a psychiatrist to visit with both, him and his mother, or he will soon be dead. If he does not lose 150 pounds, there will be no surgery.
The psychiatrist, Dr. Trent Everett arrived and asked the pertinent questions and seemed to get to both Renee and Sean.
At month eight, Sean is back in the hospital to see if he lost the 150 pounds necessary for surgery. He cut it close, but he lost the weight.
At month nine, they are doing a gastric sleeve, because a bypass will be too hard on his body. They will take much of his stomach out to help him make progress.
At month ten, he is marking his goals and has the confidence to look to the future.
At month eleven, he is down 420 pounds and weighs 583. At month twelve, he lost 455 and now weighs 548. He knows there is a whole world out there, and he is anxious to get out there and live it on this episode of “My 600-Lb. Life.” Sean, may you continue to work toward your goals and live a long life with a body you can love.