JT Clark, one of the heaviest patients to ever feature on My 600 Lb. Life, weighed nearly 900 pounds when he first traveled to Houston to seek out the care of celebrity bariatric surgeon Dr. Younan Nowzaradan. JT, an Oklahoma native, has a massive lymphedema on his leg that weighs over 100 pounds, which brings his weight to a total of 892 at the start of his weight loss journey.
The description of Season 8 Episode 4, titled “J.T.’s Story,” reads, “J.T. is almost 900 lbs with a 100-lb lymphedema mass on his leg and a food addiction that is bound to kill him if he doesn’t change. His girlfriend takes him to Houston, but when his behavior drives her away, J.T. is left with only Dr. Now to help.”
J.T.’s episode airs tonight, January 15, 2020 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST on TLC. Here’s what we know about the Oklahoma native ahead of tonight’s debut:
J.T. Says Food is ‘Better Than Sex’ & He Dreams About Eating
J.T. is 32-years-old and hasn’t held a job since he hit 700 pounds at age 25 because he couldn’t physically stand upright, according to Distractify. “Now I don’t know how much I weigh,” he states during tonight’s episode.
“Nothing in my life can compete with how food makes me feel,” he shares during tonight’s episode. “Eating is better than sex for me and every time I take a bite it’s like I’m transported to another world.” He later adds, “I can’t imagine my life without it because it is my life. If I’m awake, I’m eating or waiting to eat, and if I’m sleeping, I’m dreaming of food.”
J.T.’s girlfriend Jessica helps care for the reality star, and she makes sure he is well-fed; as J.T. is very forthcoming about his serious food addiction, his girlfriend does what she can to make sure he is happy but realizes that she’s just enabling his addiction and sadly breaks up with him during his weight loss journey.
He Manages to Lose 400 Pounds With Dr. Now’s Help
After J.T. reaches the point where he’s eating nonstop, weighs “so much I can hardly move” and starts to realize that “at any moment my heart could just give out,” he finally decided enough was enough, and decided to seek out the help of Dr. Now, who helps him get his life, his health, and his addiction under control.
Dr. Now advises J.T. to move to Houston so the two could work closely together on his diet, as J.T. no longer has anybody to support him during his journey. The reality star only had Dr. Now and a distant cousin to lean on while in Houston, but that didn’t stop J.T. from reaching his goal to get approved for gastric sleeve surgery.
According to Distractify, by the end of the 12-month journey, J.T. gets the surgery and ultimately sheds a staggering total of 373 pounds altogether. His weighed 491 lbs at his final weigh in, according to the publication. Although he still needs to have the enormous lymphedema removed from his leg, he is finally healthy enough to operate on, so that will be the next step in J.T.’s journey.
“I feel like all the hard work and all the sacrifice this took is paying off,” he says when we leave him. “A year ago, I couldn’t even see a future for myself.”
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