1000-Lb. Sisters fans have noticed that Amy and Tammy are close with their siblings. Despite the constant bickering, especially between Tammy and Amy, it’s easy to see that this clan of hefty sibs really do love each other. Despite each having their own problems, they are consistently there for each other and want the best for each other – even when they don’t take their own advice. In last week’s episode, Amy had a bit of a breakdown after getting a harsh scolding from Chris for helping Tammy cheat on her diet. The TLC celeb broke down in tears over her brother’s critique. Many fans were quick to point out that she was much more emotional taking Chris’ criticism than her sisters. Why is Chris’ opinion so important to Amy? Read on to get the details.
Amy Catches Chris’ Wrath
In this week’s episode of 1000-Lb. Sisters, Tammy and Chris had a doctor’s appointment that didn’t quite go as they had hoped. Unfortunately, Tammy had gained another 15-pounds. On the car ride home, Chris tells Tammy that they are gonna get her “back on track and chew Amy’s a** about the cheat days.” He continued to lay blame on Amy saying that he loves her to death but “stupid done smacked her on every branch of the tree when she fell out.”
Seconds later, Chris gets on the phone with Amy, who called for an update on the doctor appointment – after telling her about Tammy’s weight gain, he tells her she shouldn’t be surprised because she “helped” with those cheat days.
Over the course of the brief conversation, Amy tries to put the responsibility back on Tammy. She tells her brother that this is why she doesn’t want to be her caretaker. She says no matter what, somehow the blame always falls back on her. Her brother, instead of placing blame on Tammy continues to harangue Amy, demanding that Amy make sure that Tammy eats no carbs and that Amy makes sure that her sister has plenty of fruits and vegetables – adding that she should have already done this her first week home from rehab.
Amy insists that she’s been trying, but can’t control Tammy’s eating. In response, Chris tells her to be proactive. He then demands that Amy gets it done.
Amy Halterman Gets Emotional
Amy is in tears after speaking with her brother. She says she’s tried to help Tammy. She cannot, however, control what Tammy puts in her mouth. The disheartened celeb reveals says Tammy often calls begging for junk food. She says that sometimes it’s easier to give in than start a war with her sister.
According to Amy, it’s a “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” type situation. Pleasing one means angering the other. If she does what Chris wants, then Tammy is mad. If she does what Tammy wants, then Chris gets mad and puts the blame on Amy.
She reiterates that she is not her sister’s mother and continues to talk about how frustrating it is to always catch blame when it comes to her sister’s weight loss. “I cant lose the weight for her,” she exclaimed tearfully.
Tammy’s Criticism Vs. Chris’ Contempt
Unfortunately, no matter where she turns, Amy seems to be carrying the weight of Tammy on her shoulders. Family members constantly try and make any feel guilty about the fact that Tammy keeps moving in the wrong direction.
Fans have noticed that Tammy and Amy bicker all the time. When it happens, Amy always seems more upset when Chris gets mad. Why is that? We suspect that it has to with Chris being the oldest and having more of an authority presence in his younger sister’s lives.
Tammy on the other hand is always angry and frustrated with somebody. Amy expects her to be angry and bitter, and because of that – her anger, while not pleasant, is less likely to upset Amy than her brother’s.
Amy Halterman Reveals Why Chris’s Opinion is So Important
Earlier in the season, Tammy reveals that while Chris is their older brother, he is also the closest thing they have ever had to a father figure. According to her, he was the only male in their lives as they were growing up.
Any viewer who has seen an episode that features their mother will understand why these siblings are so close. Their mother, Darlene, is not a warm woman. In fact, in all the times you see her, she is very critical of her children. She constantly reminds them of their failures and constantly belittles them for no reason. The siblings have revealed that she worked a lot when they were younger. They also have alluded to her not being very nurturing or motherly. So, it’s easy to see why Amy, Chris, and Tammy are so codependent on one another.
In that same vein, Amy acknowledges that Chris is her brother – but says that he was the only male role model they had that was a constant in their lives. So, we can assume that he was protective, and helped make sure his sisters were ok.
This is highlighted when Tammy talks about not wanting to upset Chris. During an interview with the camera, Amy says, “When he scolds you, you’re like a kid again.”
This statement alone tells us that Amy and Tammy relied on their brother as they were growing up. They looked up to him and sought out his approval, praise, and guidance in the absence of a capable parent.
While Chris clearly loves both of his sisters – many think that he is favoring Tammy by helping her skirt accountability. Amy Halterman may have brought things her sister asked for, but fans acknowledge that Tammy is a grown adult. She is the one making the choice about what to eat. Many feel that it was wrong of Chris to put that guilt on Amy’s shoulders, knowing how much guilt and she already feels.
Do you think that Chris was too harsh on Amy? Do you think he should have been “scolding” Tammy over her bad choices instead? Tell us in the comments.
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