Review of My 600 Pound Life
The show I am reviewing addresses sensitive topics: body image, health, and the identity all of this creates. Magically, it addresses transformation, and the fact magic is a process that takes time. It’s not flinging one spell, uttering a few words, or “putting the energy out to the Universe” and then going off and forgetting about it.
My 600 Pound Life streams on Hulu, and my husband and I have watched several episodes. Multiple individuals open up to share their struggles, and successes with the public. Some allow people to see them nude. They allow camera crews into their everyday personal lives, into their homes, and they allow people to see all aspects of their relationships. They share how they feel about what their long-term goals are, and their joys and sorrows.
I could go into various episodes, listing specifics, but I won’t. I don’t want to spoil it for you. Here is a portion of one of the episodes to watch.
The show revolves around a bariatric surgeon’s patients who allow crews to follow them for a year on their weight loss journey. The people weigh between 400 and 800 pounds. Some are young, one lady was only 22 years old, and others are older. They are all very different from one another.
Each and every one of them had their lives drastically limited by their weight, which had disabled them in various ways. Some are unable to leave the house. Some barely walk. Some cannot work. All of them eat obsessively, and almost constantly. Each of them have somebody they live with who, as the doctor says, “enables” them. They cannot get all the food they eat for themselves, so friends and or family members bring them the enormous amounts of unhealthy foods they eat.
Some are parents, and some have spouses. Some have jobs. All are loved, and each of them are begged by loved ones to change so they have longer, healthier lives.
The patients all suffer from addiction to foods, and the unhealthy lifestyle they have trapped themselves in.
Each of the patients want the same thing- increased quality of life. None of them want to be rich, powerful, or famous. The word most often used to describe the kind of life each person wants is “normal”. The second thing they want is more independence. They want longer, healthy life. They all know they are literally eating themselves to death.
The magic showcased in My 600 Pound Life is that of transformation. This is the truest, purest form of magic there is. Magic is not about snapping your fingers for an instant change. You don’t fling a spell, go off and forget about it, and BOOM! Days or weeks later, the change you wanted manifests all on its own because you uttered ‘magic words’ and burned a candle you bought at a local shop.
Transformation magic is a process, and it’s a lot of hard work. It’s painful, slow, tedious, and heart wrenching. You observe and nitpick yourself while you are bringing about that change, and you reassess the journey every step of the way, altering your approach as needed. It tears you down, and destroys every last shred of self esteem you have, and you slowly rebuild yourself.
Watching each person transform over the year the show follows them is not only inspirational, but seeing somebody bare their humanity so fully is humbling and heartwarming.
Almost all the patients make great progress and meet their goals.
I will also say the fact the show gives a year is practical and fair. Nobody sees such great results in a short period of time. The changes these people make are changes they need to make long term, or they will be right back where they started. Long term change happens over a long period of time.
Unless you have lived in similar conditions, it’s difficult to understand how somebody could make daily choices that keeps them trapped. But that’s what addiction is. There are many who never kick their addiction, and at least one patient on the show was unable to make the changes she needed to, and she never got better. I cannot forget the doctor saying that a patient “believes she is permanently disabled,” when she in fact, wasn’t.
Almost everybody can make SOME form of changes, even if it’s small changes. Almost everybody has some hope if they will do what it takes to make change happen. Almost everybody can do that which seems impossible, but it happens one step at a time, and those are baby steps.
And those baby steps do not begin to create the change until the person desiring change decides they CAN try.
I’m not saying belief equals reality. If that were the case, each patient would have gone to sleep BELIEVING they would wake up transformed, and it would have done so all on its own as they slept. But believing as the one patient did that they could NEVER change? That is going to make you not even bother to try.
The magical lessons in My 600 Pound Life are a sober reminder that magic is not always fun, it’s seldom easy, and it never happens without belief one CAN get up and try.
For somebody like me, who has struggled with my weight all my life, it is so wonderful to see so many people take charge of their lives, battle their addictions, make that magical transformation they at one point only dreamed of, and see the beauty of the manifestation.
Enjoy watching this good show.
About the Author:
Saoirse is a practicing witch, and initiated Wiccan of an Eclectic Tradition.
A recovered Catholic, she was raised to believe in heaven and hell, that there is only one god, and only one way to believe. As she approached her late 20’s, little things started to show her this was all wrong. She was most inspired by the saying “God is too big to fit into one religion” and after a heated exchange with the then associate pastor of the last Xtian church she attended, she finally realized she was in no way Xtian, and decided to move on to see where she could find her spiritual home.
Her homecoming to her Path was after many years of being called to The Old Ways and the Goddess, and happened in Phoenix, Arizona. She really did rise from her own ashes!
Upon returning to Ohio, she thought Chaos Magic was the answer, and soon discovered it was actually Wicca. She was blessed with a marvelous mentor, Lord Shadow, and started a Magical Discussion Group at local Metaphysical Shop Fly By Night. The group was later dubbed A Gathering of Paths. For a few years, this group met, discussed, did rituals, fellowship, and volunteering together, and even marched as a Pagan group with members of other groups at the local gay Pride Parade for eight years.
All the while, she continued studying with her mentor, and is still studying for Third Degree, making it to Second Degree thus far.
She is a gifted tarot reader, spellworker, teacher, and was even a resident Witch at a Westerville place dubbed The Parlor for a time.
Aside from her magical practice, she is a crocheter, beader, painter, and a good cook. She has been a clown and children’s entertainer, a Nursing Home Activities Professional, a Cavern Tour Guide, a Retail Cashier, and a reader in local shops. Her college degree is a BA in English Writing. She tried her hand at both singing and playing bagpipes, and…well…let’s just say her gifts lie elsewhere! She loves gardening, reading, antiques, time with friends and soul kin, and lots and lots of glorious color bedecking her small home!
On the encouragement of a loved one several years back, she searched for a publication to write for, and is right at home at PaganPagesOrg.
She is currently residing in Central Ohio with her husband, and furbabies.
Saoirse can be contacted at [email protected].