Friday, February 17, 2012

My 600-lb Life: Henry's Story

I watched My 600-lb Life on TLC this week and watched Henry's story.

Henry weighed 750 pounds at age 47 and chose to have gastric bypass weight loss surgery.

Like I've said before I don't agree with the surgery.  I think if you can walk, you don't need it.  But I'm not going to judge anyone.  Just because I would never do it doesn't mean somebody else shouldn't. 

And I take nothing away from Henry's success, and boy was there success.

Henry lost 500 pounds and has kept it off for the whole 7-year length that the program covered. Good for him!  He has his life back.

When I saw him walking in the gym as his only exercise in the beginning, that took me back.  My first exercises were pushing a grocery cart, walking and sitting down and standing up.

A few observations about the program:

1.)  It's clear from the start that Henry's Mom was enabling him...bad.  Environment is so key to turning a destructive lifestyle around.  If you have a 750-pound family member living with you, why on Earth is there junk food in the house?  Unbelievable.

2.) The scene where Henry's family is eating fast food garbage in front of him was absolutely unconscionable.  These people have no idea the damage and setbacks they are causing Henry by doing this. They should be supportive....keeping healthy food in the house and joining Henry in his lifestyle change.

3.) Weight loss surgery and excess skin removal is really medieval medicine.  When they removed Henry's excess skin, they chopped off 41 pounds of skin from his body.  During his second surgery, Henry died on the table.  Luckily, they brought him back.

On this show, Henry had a fantastic outcome and thanks to his hard work, has had great success.  Could he have done every bit of it without having that idiotic surgery?

Sure.  But would he have?  Maybe not.  So in this case, good for him.

22 comments:

  1. at the end of the episode I just watched it was dedicated to him and said he passed away in 2013. Do you know what happened?

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  2. I was told he had a heart attack driving and killed a woman and he died like 2 days later.

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    1. That's not true. Yes, Henry was driving his shuttle bus, when he had a 'medical problem' & the shuttle struck the woman, killing her & injuring 11 on the bus. But, Henry survived. The shuttle bus incident happened in 2012 & Henry didn't pass away until May 2013.

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    2. Heart attack IS a medical condition! Henry had already had a heart issue during surgery where his heart stopped and they had to restart it.

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  3. ok then how did he die?

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  4. How did he die? I just saw the show.

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  5. can someone with the show maybe tell us how henry died? That would've been nice to know how he died for those of us that watched his journey!

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  6. They say he had other medical issues which resulted in his death. Google

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  7. This was a google search. The show ended, I almost cried when he and his new wife were all set to start their new life.. then, "In memory of..", horrible! After all that! Too sad. But the show could have at least informed everyone who watched his journey how he left. So, I "google", and this is it. Here. This page.

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  8. I just watched this episode today and was elated as they showed Henry's progress and his marriage ... then the surprise ending with just a blurb about his passing. what?? TLC, we grew to know Henry and support him emotionally and spiritually. With respect to Henry's family, I believe there could have been a more appropriate ending to the story.

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    1. I feel the same way. It should shown some respect for his struggle. I just watched it today.

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  9. I totally admire Henry and his family. May God bless his family for years to come.

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  10. Oh WOW....so shocked to see sweet Henry had passed....his story REALLY touch my heart... such a awesome attitude...made me smile so much watching his episode. ...def a gentle giant....best one yet of all the 600lb life..R.I.P Henry

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  11. I just saw Henry story today and to get to the end of the show and see the memory to Henry was very sad, R.I.P.

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  12. Good grief! Does it matter??? Can you all get past your obsessive need as to HOW the man passed away? It's simply your curiosity and that's it. Let it go. It does nothing for your life. The man is with God. He is in perfect peace. Get over yourselves, like someone owes you something. Pathetic!

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    1. Whats pathetic is your mouth !! If we wanted ur opinion we would ask for it .. sth up

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  13. I too was saddened to see that Henry died......he beautiful soul radiated through that tv screen. Yes some of us would have liked to know how he died as it is just pure human nature to be curious.....but it is also true that it doesn't matter now...the world may have lost a beautiful soul.....but look at the impact Henry left on so many of us.....heaven gained a beautiful soul that is for sure. R.I.P Henry.

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  14. To the person that said "good grief" do every1 that watched the story, and cares by shuttin' the FUCK UP! 4 reall!!!! I loved the Henry Foots story. It was inspiring, I loved the fact that he went after his dreams, and accomplished his goals of living life, instead of letting life trap him. God Bless his family, and may he Rest in Love, Heaven & sho-nuff paradise!

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  15. Mr. Good Grief, U need to do us ALL A Favor, and have u'rself a Whole Colliseum of seats...OKAY! Stop commenting, because the FootsFans have spoken! It's TLC that's not listening!

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  16. I have also had weightloss surgery and I can tell you that if he did not keep his protein up high he did likely live in constant danger. After the surgery a high protein is mandatory and if you don't get enough protein the body will pull protein from muscle tissue and the strongest muscle is the heart. It weakens the walls of the heart and can lead to heart attacks. That is one very real possibility and TLC wouldn't tell it because it might discourage some people from getting the surgery. Henry was so warm and loveable. I just wanted to snuggle up to him on a cold rainy night. He seemed like the kind of man who would have enjoyed that too. I mean you know, if we had ever known each other!

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  17. I am having pain In my ankles and feet. I'm needing to lose 30# and hope this will help. I watched Henry's story today and felt such encouragement. I felt like I could quit making excuses and do it. He's still going to be my role model for courage but I too was shook up when I saw he has passed.

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