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.