What Happened To Penny Saeger From My 600-Lb Life?

TLC's My 600-lb Life has shocked audiences for nearly a decade with dozens of unforgettable stories about dramatic weight loss from every day people living with morbid obesity. However, in the second season, Penny Saeger became one of the show's most notable stars because she refused to embrace the process.

At 45 years old, in the wake of her son Liam's birth, she started her journey at an intimidating 530 pounds and was only able to drop to 495 over the course of a year despite severe warnings from Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, TLC's go-to bariatric surgeon (via The Cinemaholic). While it is common for participants to balk at the 1,200-calorie diet instituted to prepare for gastric bypass surgery, Saeger actually succeeded in this initial process losing the 40 pounds necessary to proceed with surgery. Her troubles began post-operation where it was reported that she ignored the diet provided by her surgeon, refused to exercise, and asked her recovery nurses to provide extra meals. This behavior resulted in her gaining five pounds, erasing some of the progress made prior to surgery. 

Penny Saeger has turned away from the spotlight

With the 2015 launch of the companion show, My 600-Lb Life: Where Are They Now?, speculation resurfaced over the health and well-being of Seager. Although her progress had stalled at 494 pounds, she remained upbeat: "It's been a much more positive experience here without someone telling me I'm not doing a good job. I don't feel the need to be on a scale because it doesn't matter," she told TLC (via In Touch Weekly). "I'm better off now than how I was before because I can feel it." 

In the subsequent years, Saeger hasn't provided any insight into her weight loss or mindset. As of December 2020, Life & Style confirms that Seager is still living in Maryland. However, nothing on Twitter or Instagram indicate she has continued to diet or exercise. Her last informative Twitter post was in 2015 and highlighted her sixteenth wedding anniversary. Instagram shows an equally reticent display with only a couple of pictures of her son Liam playing.