TLC’s ‘My 600-lb Life’ documents the incredible weight loss efforts and challenges of several morbidly obese people, many of whom weigh 600 pounds or more. The show depicts several phases of these journeys, where the contestants commit to rigorous changes to reach their desired weight. Popular bariatric surgeon Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, better known as Dr. Now, helps them with a specialized diet and exercise regimen before approving weight-reduction surgery to help them lose as much weight as possible.
Many people have been featured on the reality show, which premiered in 2012, as they battle various challenges in their drive to lose weight. While some individuals can overcome these challenges far more easily due to their determination, others are sometimes required to endure a persistent struggle. Samantha Mason from season 9 episode 1 had such a journey of tough challenges and setbacks. Thus, as viewers must be wondering about her whereabouts now, here’s what we found out!
When Samantha Mason appeared in season 9, she was a 35-year-old resident of Denver, Colorado, who weighed about 811 pounds and was in dire need of weight-loss surgery. She lived alone, trying to clean herself every four days, and had scheduled meals to come up to her all day. Her daughter, Bella, was extremely worried about her health and wanted to help her lose weight to get her life back. Samantha was also getting terrified for her life as she knew there wasn’t much time left because of her weight.
Samantha’s food addiction first stemmed from the age of 5 or 6 when her parents got divorced because her father was alcoholic and abusive towards her mother. While he was good to them when sober, Samantha and her siblings began living with him and his second wife when their mother had to work. She missed her mother and turned to food even more, but it was discouraged by the father’s family. However, since her mother did not stop her from eating, she did not like living with her father and started eating more food to be rebellious.