Tonight, on a new episode of My 600 lb Life, fans will meet 25-year-old Sarah Neely.
In a preview for tonight’s episode, Sarah tells the cameras about her fear that she’ll eat herself to death. “My mom tells me I would overeat from my earliest age. And I think it started when I was around three.” Since then, Sarah’s compulsive eating habits have grown out of hand, and now, she needs the help of Dr. Nowzaradan to get herself to a healthy weight.
Here’s what you need to know about Sarah:
1. She Weighs More Than 600 Lb at the Start of the Show
When the show starts off, Sarah weighs more than 600 lbs. She explains that this is largely a result of her difficult childhood. Her mom drifted from one relationship to the next, leaving Sarah feeling alone and depressed. She felt food was all she could turn to; it became her only source of comfort.
When Sarah weighs in at 642lb on the episode, she realizes she needs to do something about her weight. Dr. Nowzaradan is frank with Sarah, telling her she has the body of someone twice her age even though she’s in her 20s. He tells her she won’t be able to survive much into her thirties at this rate.
Sarah is tasked with losing 30 pounds before she can qualify for the gastric bypass surgery. Unfortunately, Sarah did not lose the necessary weight. In fact, she gained 11 pounds when she came in for her two-month check in. By her third check-in, however, Sarah was able to drop 64 pounds.
2. She Was the Only Overweight Child of Her Siblings
Sarah, one of four children, was the only overweight kid in her family.
She says remembers the time she stepped on a scale at age 11 and saw that she weighed 345 pounds. “I couldn’t believe it. It was unreal.” The fear, however, didn’t keep her from eating.
Sarah dropped out of high school as a teenager because she felt she needed to leave her family and her abusive household. She began working at a fast food restaurant but soon had to leave the job because it was too difficult for her to perform everyday tasks.
3. Her Mother Was a Drug Addict
Sarah’s mother had a drug problem; something she hid from her children until Sarah was in her early 20s. On the episode, she admits was addicted to Vicodin at one point but then became addicted to heroin. Fortunately, Sarah’s mom checked herself into rehab and was able to get better.
When Sarah makes the decision to go to Houston to visit Dr. Nowzaradan, her mother explains how proud she is. Sarah’s older sister, Heather, accompanies her on the trip, which proved a difficult task, as Sarah had never flown before.
4. She Works at Drury Inn & Suites
According to Facebook, Sarah works at Drury Inn & Suites in Middletown, Ohio.
In the episode, the 24-year-old discusses her family life in detail, explaining how it plagued her growing up. She says that after her mom divorced her first stepfather, she was confident things would be better. Not long after splitting, however, Sarah’s mom began seeing another man whom she married. “I felt angry because I didn’t want to go through what I went through with the first stepdad. It was a fear and also I had gotten my mom back for a little while. And now, she’s got another husband.”
Sarah’s second stepdad, she says, was worse than the last. “I was so depressed at that point, I just didn’t stop eating.” Sarah gained another 100 pounds within three months.
5. She Recently Created a Twitter Account
Sarah created a Twitter account on March 21 to promote her episode. And based on the content she has posted on Twitter and Facebook, she seems excited to share her story with the world.
Last week, Sarah wrote, “Ahhh that’s my episode!! Can’t believe its here already. Next wk at 8/c don’t miss it!!!”
Friends and family have also taken to Facebook to express their support. One friend wrote, “love you and am proud of your strength.” Another commented, “Sarah Neeley I can’t wait to watch your episode. You’re very brave!!!”