A woman who shed 525lbs from her 708lb frame after having gastric bypass surgery reveals that she now ‘freaks out’ and will stop eating for days if she gains any even the slightest amount of weight.
Christina Phillips, 25, from South Haven, Mississippi admits that she is still struggling with the emotional aspects of her weight loss on Wednesday night’s episode of My 600lb Life: Where Are They Now? two years after documenting her journey on the TLC series in 2014.
‘I’ve lost a lot of weight over the past couple of years, and lately any time I see the scale go up, I tend to freak out and I will stop eating for a couple days,’ she says in a preview clip from the episode.
Obsessed: Christina Phillips, 25, from South Haven, Mississippi admits on Wednesday’s episode of My 600lb Life: Where Are They Now? that she will starve herself if she puts on even the slightest amount of weight
Amazing: Christina weighed 708lbs (left) before she had gastric bypass surgery and got down to 183lbs (right)
Before meeting with a therapist, Christina explains that Houston-based weight loss surgeon Dr. Younan Nowzaradan advised her to speak with someone because he thinks she is pushing herself too hard to lose weight.
The doctor warns that she actually needs to gain weight if she wants to have surgery to get the excess skin on her body removed.
‘I know I’m not 700lbs anymore, but I still feel that way. And I don’t know how to change how I feel,’ she admits.
Christina’s struggle with obesity started when she was a child, and by the time she was 12 years old she weighed nearly 300lbs.
Listening ear: Christina is pictured meeting with a therapist to help deal with the emotional issues she is still struggling with after her weight loss
Out of control: Christina says she will weigh herself several times a day and won’t eat for days if she puts on any weight.
During her first appearance on the show, Christina said she turned to food because her parents ‘used to fight a lot’ and ‘it was scary’.
Before having life-saving gastric bypass surgery, Christina was almost entirely immobile and lived with her parents and her husband Zach, who had the task of regularly cleaning up after her when she was unable to make it to the bathroom.
However, her caretaker husband was unable to cope with her newfound independence after her weight loss, and they finalized their divorce a year ago after she realized their relationship was ‘centered around him enabling [her].’
Christina tells her therapist that aside from gaining weight, she is afraid of ‘disappointing people’.
‘At the beginning I had a lot of people doubt me,’ she explains. ‘I was in a really abusive relationship. And that definitely, I think, has had a negative impact on me. It hurts. In my heart, in my head.’
Hard to handle: Christina said she still feels like she is 700lbs (pictured) and people are staring at her.
Moving on: Christina (right) split from her husband Zach (left) who didn’t appreciate her newfound independence after she had gastric bypass surgery
Falling in love: Christina is now living with her boyfriend Shane, whom she has been friends with for eight years
A month ago she moved in with her boyfriend Shane, whom she had been friends with for eight years and has known her at her biggest and has always been really supportive of her.
‘We’ve gotten to know each other on a really deep level,’ Shane tells the cameras. ‘We just open up to each other, and we will finish each other’s sentences sometimes.’
Christina says Shane is really good for her because he helps her get out of the house even though she feels like she needs to hide her arms and her legs despite her amazing weight loss.
‘It’s weird when I was 700lbs I couldn’t even get out of the house, but now that I can I still don’t feel normal,’ she explains.
Christina admits that she knows she has ‘to work through some things’ in order to overcome her obsession with the number on the scale.
Great progress: Paula Jones (right) appeared on season two of My 600lb Life and shed 265lbs from her 533lb. Over the course of two years, she lost another 60lbs
Terrible time: Before having gastric bypass surgery, Paula depended on her children to do almost everything for her
”When I was 700 lbs., I felt worthless, and like I didn’t deserve anything better than the life I had,’ she says. ‘And now my fear of gaining weight has crippled me. But I have to move past that fear if I want to live my life.’
Wednesday night’s episode also revisits Paula Jones, who appeared on the second season of My 600lb Life and shed 265lbs from her 533lb frame following her gastric bypass surgery.
Although the 41-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia has managed to lose another 60lbs in the past two years, she fears she has passed her unhealthy eating habits on to her daughter Savannah.
‘Savannah, at a 11 years old, she weighs more than I do right now, so I feel like I can help her the most by helping her find healthy foods and what to look for when deciding what to eat.’
During her previous appearance on the show, Paula revealed that she turned to food for comfort after she was molested by a family member when she was six years old.
Addiction to food: The mom fears that she has passed her unhealthy habits on to her 11-year-old daughter Savannah (left), who weighs more than she does
Bad memories: Paula remembers how Savannah used to watch her eat whatever she wanted without abandon (pictured)
Decades later, her love of food left her dependent on her children, who feared she was going to die if she didn’t get help. Now that Christina has overcome her addiction to food, she wants to ensure that her children don’t follow in her footsteps.
In the preview clip, Paula is teaching Savannah how to check nutrition labels during a trip to the grocery store, however, her daughter looks dismayed that the hot dogs and cookies she picked up aren’t healthy options.
‘All of my children have seen me eat and buy unhealthy foods. I showed no restraint. I don’t eat just for feel. I eat for enjoyment,’ she says. ‘Now I feel I have to roll back those bad habits and show them the joy of eating healthy now.’
Paula has already had surgery to have the excess skin on legs removed, and she is looking forward to having the procedure done on her arms as well.
‘My biggest fear going into surgery is that they won’t be able to do both arms, and that will delay my recovery even further,’ she admits. ‘I really need to get this final surgery behind me.’