What these stars from My 600-lb Life look like today

Plenty of reality shows feature dramatic transformations, but few chronicle the intense metamorphoses that are documented on the popular TLC program My 600-lb Life. Since its inception in 2012, dozens of men and women have had their lives changed, thanks to the intervention of Dr. Younan Nowzaradan. Based in Houston, TX, Nowzaraden performs weight loss surgery on patients who oftentimes are desperate to improve their quality of life before it's too late. And while the journey is never easy for these people, it's worth it to be able to reclaim their lives and accomplish goals they had previously given up on.

Some of these brave souls have gone on to become social media stars, in addition to their reality television fame. That gives us additional access into their lives, allowing us to keep up on what happens — even after their follow-up segments have aired. So without further ado, here's the skinny on some of the most popular stars from My 600-lb Life. You won't believe how amazing they look today!

Melissa Morris achieved her lifelong dream

The OG of My 600-lb LifeMelissa Morris was the very first person featured in the show. These days she's in a much different place. While an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now? revealed that Morris' weight has fluctuated over the years, you can see on her Instagram page that that she's living her best life every day. 

If you're familiar with Morris' journey, you know that having children was something she desperately wanted. Despite her unlikely odds (a doctor once told her she only had a 2 percent chance of getting pregnant, according to her TLC interview), Morris became a mom to Allona on May 1, 2010. Today, she's a mom three times over according to a post on her Instagram page.

On top of her motherhood duties, which definitely keep her busy, Morris also speaks publicly about her journey. She's also been active in Weight Watchers for several years now. Additionally, she's been going to concerts, enjoying time at the beach, catching baseball games, and reading books. There's no slowing her down!

Zsalynn Whitworth found a man worthy of her love

Season 2 of My 600-lb Life opened with Zsalynn Whitworth's story, which famously included her manipulative and unsupportive husband, who prioritized his fetish over Whitworth's literal life and death. Fortunately for her, the couple finally got a divorce, which she confirmed in a follow-up segment. They still share joint custody of their daughter, but the romance is long since over.

In the segment, Whitworth also got candid about her emotional state. She admitted that she struggled with loneliness and depression, as well as her cravings for sweets following the divorce. In spite of those challenges, however, she decided that she wants to press forward and finally get skin removal surgery. She also expressed a desire to be more active and start dating — certainly worthy ambitions.

And it paid off! From the looks of it, Whitworth found someone special. Check out this adorable photo she posted on Facebook of her making goo goo eyes at a new man — good for you, girl! Additionally, you can see just how much her daughter Hannah has grown up to be her mama's mini-me in this photo. Looks like everything's going swimmingly for Whitworth now!

Paula Jones is now a confident selfie queen and outspoken advocate

Paula Jones, who had an especially emotional episode in Season 2 of My 600-lb Life, is living the dream of long term weight loss success these days. For one, you can tell just by looking at pictures of Jones on her Instagram and Facebook pages that she's in great shape, especially when you consider where she started. 

She's not afraid to pose in a swimsuit, or post selfies with her arms bared, which shows that she knows she's cute! But Jones also keeps herself accountable, admitting when she has to stick to her diet and work out on the reg. And while she's faced health issues like kidney stones, that hasn't stopped her from staying the course of her weight loss journey.

These days, Jones speaks publicly at weight loss events. She's also outspoken about the obesity epidemic, which has claimed the lives of some of her friends and loves ones. "It is so senseless since it is preventable," she shared in a post. "It just isn't easy." Indeed it isn't, but Jones sure is a role model.

Amber Rachdi is a full-blown social media star

Of all of the stars who have come out of My 600-lb Life, Amber Rachdi is the emerging Instagram queen among them. She updates her account regularly, showing off her makeup skills, her super cute hairstyles, and her new outfits. She even rocks the notorious Instagram eyebrow pretty flawlessly — way to slay, girl!

Although Rachdi is a social media star now, she has no plans to appear in a follow-up episode, citing some pretty serious beef with the production crew as the reason. "The experience was very disorganized and jarring and there's not a whole lot I can say using my grown-up tact," she revealed in an interview with Starcasm. "They ran late, reshot difficult to replicate scenes, and really sort of acted like bullies." She said they also didn't respect her boundaries, and tried to push her to do things she didn't want to do.

But Rachdi also shared that she continues to take good care of herself, and work out regularly. Other than having to recover from Hurricane Harvey, which she posted about on her Facebook page, it sounds like all's well in her world.

Joe Wexler got his happily ever after

On Season 3 of My 600-lb Life, viewers were introduced to Joe Wexler, who weighed in initially at nearly 800 pounds. Fortunately Wexler was able to get help from Dr. Nowzaradan, who performed gastric bypass surgery on him after he lost 140 pounds on his own — impressive. 

"It was really tough — one of the hardest things I ever did," he said of the experience in an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?. After that, Wexler accomplished milestones like driving, getting skin removal surgery, and losing 500 pounds. But the best was yet to come for Wexler. In his follow-up segment, he also revealed that he had met a woman named Sarah, and that they were dating. Sarah also had a daughter. Things got serious quickly, and the couple got married. Just try not to cry when they exchange their vows!

The Wexlers celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary in August 2018, according to their Facebook account. Joe is also working hard in the IT sector and taking online courses, with big ambitions for the future.  

Laura Perez found a wonderful new love who supports her ambitions

Laura Perez has experienced lot of changes since her episode of My 600-lb Life. However, some of those changes weren't very positive. In an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?, Perez opened up about the difficulties that she and her husband Joey were facing as a couple, including eviction. But there were deeper issues at play as well. 

"I want to keep becoming more independent, and get a job, and have a career," she revealed. But Joey didn't want her to do that. When she told him about her beauty school ambitions, he got really upset — clearly he didn't support her dreams, and just wanted her to stay home, dependent on him.

Rather than feel trapped, Perez stopped by beauty school anyway during the episode. And according to a post on her Facebook page, she's remarried to a new man! She gushed about it in a comment on a previous post, saying that she's moved on from a relationship that damaged her. And the new beau? "Thank god he is a great hardworking, loving, caring man that puts me first," she wrote. "I'm blessed to have him." Congrats, girl!

Charity Pierce faced setbacks but never gave up

Toward the end of Season 3 of My 600-lb Life, viewers met Charity Pierce. At her largest she clocked in at almost 800 pounds, one of the bigger individuals to appear on the show at that time. Fortunately, Pierce was able to help herself, thanks to the intervention of Dr. Nowzaradan. 

She underwent weight loss surgery, and lost over 400 pounds, according to an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?. She also had several skin surgeries, including the removal of a 57 pound fatty tumor and 38 pounds of tissue from her abdomen. She doesn't look like the same person at all! Pierce isn't alone on her journey anymore either, as her daughter also struggles with her weight, which is chronicled in the follow-up episode. And while the pair have faced setbacks, they're also working their hardest to get through it — together.

Despite what she and her family are going through, Charity also remains true to the meaning of her name. In a post on her Facebook page, she said she's buying items to donate to the homeless. That's a good way to give back!

Nikki Webster feels "exuberantly gleeful" as her career and love life thrive

Nikki Webster was all smiles in an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now? — a stark contrast from her episode of My 600-lb Life. For one, Webster was able to go shopping for a pair of pants for the first time in ten years — what a huge accomplishment! 

As she slipped into a pair of bluejeans, you could tell how thrilled she was. "I feel womanly, and sassy," she gushed. "It takes a lot for me to feel sassy." Go ahead, girl! A new pair of pants isn't the only new thing in Webster's life. Her weight loss has also enabled her to excel at work, something she couldn't do before. "I can finally really contribute," she said.

But the really big news? Webster shared a Facebook post in March 2018 revealing that she had recently gotten married — to Marc, who viewers were introduced to on her follow-up episode. And as she wrote on another post, she's loving life. "I've been able to experience a happiness I never thought possible. It's not that I'm just content… I'm exuberantly gleeful," she shared. What a happy ending.

Brittani Fulfer credits her husband for being her rock

Brittani Fulfer is almost unrecognizable these days compared to how she looked in My 600-lb Life. Viewers first saw the dramatic changes in her first episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?. Then in a later follow-up episode, an even more svelte Fulfer appeared after additional surgery, with renewed energy to reach her goals — though it was a bumpy ride. But she made it, and celebrated by going to the beach without a shred of shame. Woo body positivity!

Additionally, Fulfer has been squeezing every drop out of life lately, according to her Facebook page. For one, she posted that she got to see her favorite band in concert — Third Eye Blind — something she couldn't have done two years ago, she said. She's also been having adventures out and about with her friends, according to another post

Through it all, Fulfer's husband has been by her side, supporting her. "I am forever thankful to my husband," she wrote in a Facebook post. "He is truly my strength and without him I do not know where I would be."

Milla Clark is 600 pounds lighter

What a journey it's been for Milla Clark, who weighed in at a whopping 751 pounds in her Season 4 episode of My 600-lb Life. In addition to that, she was confined to her bed, and relied on her children to tend to her most basic hygiene. To top it off, she hadn't left her home in two years, and couldn't stand on her own two feet.

Fortunately, Clark was able to get the help she desperately needed. By the end of her episode, she was approved for weight loss surgery, having shed 150 pounds and made the effort to stand up. But that was just the beginning, as she continued to steadily make some seriously dramatic progress. After multiple skin surgeries and a double knee replacement, Clark hit the 152 pound mark, according to her follow-up episode. That's a 600-lb difference, and a record breaker for the show!

You can keep up with Clark on her Instagram page, where she promotes her healthy habits and shares her love of walking – something she couldn't do for many years. What an accomplishment!

Ashley Dunn Bratcher is the mom she always wanted to be

When viewers first met Ashley Dunn Bratcher in her Season 4 episode of My 600-lb Life, she relied on her young son Patrick to help her get things done around the house, like laundry and cooking. That was something she was deeply ashamed of, as she felt like she should she be the one caring for him, and not vice versa. But at 725 pounds, she was limited in her mobility.

Not content with her life, Bratcher made the brave decision to conquer her eating habits and get weight loss surgery. By the time her second follow-up episode rolled around, Bratcher celebrated a total weight loss of 350 pounds, nearly half of her entire body weight. With that loss came newfound freedom, too, which gave Patrick his childhood back. Now Bratcher is the wife and mother she always wanted to be!

Unlike many of the partnerships in My 600-lb Life, Bratcher and her husband didn't break up when she decided to change her life. Rather, they celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary in 2019, according to a post on her Facebook page. Congratulations, you two!

Chay Guillory is living her best life with arguably the most life-changing transformation

Chay Guillory's Season 3 transformation on My 600-lb Life is arguably one of the most dramatic of them all, and for more than one reason. First, at the end of her debut episode, she had lost a total of 119 pounds, enough to bring her under the 500 pound mark. Then, by the end of her first follow-up episode, she was down to 379 pounds, showing continued and consistent success on her weight loss journey. But during that episode, she also dropped another bomb: Guillory came out as transgender, and began to live her life as a woman. Congrats, Chay!

In Guillory's most recent follow-up episode, viewers learned that she was ready for skin removal surgery. Additionally, Guillory is getting closer to her 180-lb goal, at which point she will qualify for gender confirmation surgery. And as if that wasn't enough amazing news, Guillory announced in an Instagram post that she's engaged to her boyfriend, Patrick! Given where Guillory started, it's absolutely incredible to see how far she's come. It's no wonder she said that she's never been happier!

Bettie Jo Elmore continues to thrive with a growing family

When Bettie Jo Elmore began her weight loss journey of Season 3 of My 600-lb Life, she wasn't in good shape as she weighed 654 pounds. But thanks to her commitment and hard work, she's a long way from where she was during those dark times, despite the many obstacles that she's had to overcome.

Mainly, in Elmore's follow-up episode, she found out that she had a growth at the base of her spine. And while that's usually not too much of an issue as it can be removed surgically, that wasn't an option for Elmore because she was — get this — pregnant! Knowing that surgery would put her baby at risk, Elmore opted to risk the paralysis the growth could cause her.

By her second follow-up episode, Elmore was on bedrest due to her high-risk pregnancy. But fortunately, everything turned out well, as she and husband Josh welcomed a bouncing baby boy in August 2016. And according to a post on her Facebook page, which she seldom updates, she went back to back to working on weight loss as a major goal in April 2017. Good luck, Bettie Jo!

June McCamey married the woman of her dreams

Viewers of My 600-lb Life first met June McCamey during Season 4, when she was deep in the throes of grief over losing her son Mack to gun violence. Despite the enormous pain of that loss, which is what compelled her to overeat enough to weigh 590 pounds, McCamey managed to get her eating habits under control with the help of Dr. Nowzaradan.

Tragically, in her follow-up episode, McCamey was once again grieving, this time over losing her son Kenneth, which honestly just sounds too horrible for words. But even in the face of so much pain, McCamey managed to lose enough weight to qualify for her first skin removal surgery, though she often pushed back against doctor's orders.

Fortunately, not all is sadness in McCamey's world, as she's made incredible progress on her weight loss journey, and loves her body enough to show it off to the world with pride. Additionally, she got married to the woman of her dreams in 2019, according to a post on her Facebook page. We wish you all of the happiness in the world, June!

Nicole Lewis put in the hard work and reaped the rewards

All of the stories featured on My 600-lb Life involve hardship in some form, but Nicole Lewis really had to overcome some harrowing traumas. But pains from the past didn't stop the mom and Juggalette from putting in the hard work to lose weight and improve her quality life. 

In an episode of My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?, viewers learned that Lewis had lost even more weight, bringing her total lost to 326 pounds as of the airing. She also got approved for her first skin removal surgery. That's a serious accomplishment! 

These days, she's doing better than ever, according to her Facebook page. She celebrated five years with her love, Charlie, in March 2018, and according to a video she posted of them both at the gym, she revealed: "Charlie is my everything." Sounds like they are taking good care of each other. She also announced in a July 2018 post that she got a job she really wanted. Things are definitely looking up for her after lots of hard work.