Tiffany ‘Pearls’ Humpert, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

On tonight’s episode of Extreme Weight Loss 2015, we meet participant Tiffany Humpert, whose nickname is “Pearls.” Tiffany weighs in at 296 pounds in the beginning of her transformation and she hails from Wichita Falls, Texas. Read on for our 5 Fast Facts on Tiffany and her EWL episode.

1. She Has A History Of Eating Disorders

From bulimia to anorexia to simply bingeing on food, Tiffany has had a history of taking on eating disorders. Her disorders started in her teens, but carried into her adult life as well. EWL coach Heidi Powell also suffered from an eating disorder when she was in high school and college, which helps her bond with Tiffany.

2. Her Son Has Autism

Tiffany is a single mother to a teenage son named Mason, who suffers from autism. By being on the show, Tiffany helps to bring more awareness to Autism and her son’s struggle … a son who she calls her inspiration. Autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete stops by the show to support Tiffany, which ignites an “unlikely friendship”.

Tiffany’s occupation is working as an Autism Fundraiser and as President of Families for Autism Support of Texoma.

3. Tiffany Has A Dark Past

In recent years, Tiffany has gone through a ton of emotional darkness and has even made tremendous efforts to lose the weight she had put on. Her ABC bio explains:

During the last 20 years, Tiffany’s weight has been a constant back-and-forth. In 2011, after losing her job and going through a divorce – which resulted in her losing the stepson she was raising—she reached her highest weight of 360 pounds. Determined never to see that number again, Tiffany designated 2011 her “Year of Loss,” losing 80 pounds. But now she’s hit a wall and has decided to reach out to Chris and Heidi Powell for help.

4. Her Step-Son Was Diagnosed With Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

Tiffany has spent a great deal of her life helping those in need and with disabilities. In addition to her son Mason having autism, her step-son deals with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. The definition of this disease is:

The childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD), also known as Heller’s syndrome and disintegrative psychosis, is a rare condition characterized by late onset of developmental delays in language, social function, and motor skills. Researchers have not been successful in finding a cause for the disorder. CDD has some similarity to autism, and is sometimes considered a low-functioning form of it.

5. Tiffany Performs With Cirque Du Soleil On The Show

On Tiffany’s episode of Extreme Weight Loss, she gets to do some amazing things as ABC writes:

Tiffany will attempt physical feats she never imagined, including the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform with Cirque du Soleil performers from La Nouba in Orlando, Florida. She’ll also participate in a hilarious “High Heel Run” with Chris – who seems just a little too comfortable in high heels and makeup.

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and Chef Rocco DiSpirito also appear on Tiffany’s episode.