‘My 600-Lb. Life’: Are The Oldest Cast Members Still Alive?

My 600-Lb. Life from TLC

Many viewers wonder what happens to participants after they leave My 600-Lb. Life. Some guests are highly active on social media while others aren’t.

But now, viewers really want to know what happened to some of the older cast members. Keep reading to see what Reddit sleuths discovered.

My 600-Lb. Life guests aren’t as old as one might think

My 600-Lb. Life is a show that definitely takes a toll on a person. Guests have to undergo rigorous lifestyle changes in order to qualify for bariatric surgery. It’s a pretty big challenge and not everyone is successful.

In a Reddit thread, some viewers discovered that there are very few participants over 50-years-old. So in other words, most of the older cast members are indeed still alive.

Several users noted that the patients appeared to be much older than their actual age.

The Reddit users also determined that Diana Bunch is the oldest guest to appear on the show so far at 55-years-old. They point out that a quick glance at the show’s Wikipedia page gives you all the statistics on each guest. Many of the show’s participants appear to be in their 30s and 40s.

Diana Bunch/TLC

Unfortunately, some of the show’s guests pass away from complications later on. Many of the deceased cast members are under 50-years-old too, indicating that age doesn’t necessarily play a factor here.

In fact, a few users noted that Diana Bunch has been one of the most successful guests on the show. She went on to lose well over 250 pounds.

All bodies are different, but it seems that My 600-Lb. Life participants have a better survival rate when they’re willing to commit to lifestyle changes — regardless of age.

Is the show partially responsible for the guests that don’t succeed?

Ultimately, each My 600-Lb. Life guest has to make the commitment to change their lifestyle. But many also feel that the show’s production staff don’t do enough to give guests the tools they need to succeed.

For example, many former participants sued the show once production wrapped up. In court documents, many of the plaintiffs allege production staff basically abandoned their needs once the cameras stopped rolling.

According to Starcasm, Gina Krasley and other former participants sued My 600-Lb. Life on grounds of negligence. The publication managed to obtain court documents, which complain of:

  • Failing to require a psychological evaluation of Plaintiff before administering an extreme weight loss diet
  • Failing to provide adequate mental health services to Plaintiff during filming and particularly, while placing her on the extreme weight loss diet
  • Failing to train their employees regarding depression despite the known risk of depression and suicide in those undergoing this type of extreme weight loss process
  • Causing emotional distress to Plaintiff for the purpose of ratings despite knowledge of distress

In other words, the lawsuits apparently indicate that My 600-Lb. Life cares about putting out a show — not necessarily the patients they film.

Were you surprised to learn that the show doesn’t often feature people over 50-years-old? Do you think the show is at least partially to blame for the deaths we do hear about? Be sure to let us know in the comments. Keep following us online for more on My 600-Lb. Life.

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  1. “Keep reading to find out…” is bad copy. I’m not expecting Pulitzer level reporting from this site, but every article is rife with filler, reused words words/phrases (often within a paragraph of each other), and unimaginative transitions.

    That said, on the whole, you guys do a decent job getting the information across…eventually. I certainly don’t want to spend my own time digging for these details, and at least I don’t have to scroll or click through an ad every 3 sentences.

    I know staying creative can be challenging when you’re churning out piece after piece, day after day. It’s my job too (not in entertainment), and it sucks a lot of the time. But a couple proofreads can go a long way.

  2. There are medical reasons behind the age limitaiions. The older the person gets the more severe the co-morbidity issues become! In other words you simply die younger! There are more complications, less management solutions, the more the really bad habits have sunk in. None of us are angels either! You either fake it till you make it or you get your ass in gear and become a rock star.
    Yes I had the roux en y. I am 5 foot and was 287# I decided to push like hell to win! I quit cheating and stealiing my way into getting what I wanted. I am now 135# size 4 and have kept it off 10 years!! People you ate your way into blubber hell you can eat your way into thin mints too!

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