Thederick Barnes | Source: Instagram.com/yungboitheo | Youtube.com/TLCTVUK
Thederick Barnes | Source: Instagram.com/yungboitheo | Youtube.com/TLCTVUK

Thederick Barnes from 'My 600-Lb Life' Continues to Share Updates on His Life after the Show

Jana Stevens
Nov 02, 2023
02:15 P.M.

Thederick Barnes' admission that going to the ice cream truck was his only daily exercise made him a memorable face on TLC's reality show about extreme weight gain and loss, "My 600-LB Life."


Housebound for around a decade, Thederick Barnes' obesity made it hard for him to move around. Dr Now on "My 600-LB Life" put his life on a leaner trajectory, but there were heartbreaking obstacles.

Based in Tallahassee, Florida, the content creator has amassed a large following on Facebook and Instagram, where users are amazed and encouraged by his progress. He hinted in 2022 that he might make a return on the show.


Thederick Barnes Crushed over Test Results

For years, Barnes started his day with a trove of ice cream, the singular reason he would leave the house. Like others who have utilized the resources of TLC, such as the expertise of Dr. Now, to lose weight, he had some successes.

After dropping 77 pounds by his return visit to Dr Now, he was tentatively cleared for weight loss surgery. However, after a barrage of tests that seemed promising at first, the thirty-something was devastated when the doctor informed him that they had to cancel the surgery.

Dr Now told him that he was suffering from "low ejection fraction," which the doctor explained means that his "heart is not pumping very well." With the risk of his heart failing while under anesthesia, they could not perform the life-altering operation on him.


'Mr. Icecream Man' Thank God and His Family

On Facebook, he has leaned into the nickname his former bad habits garnered him, Mr. Icecream Man, but he has turned his life around. Nine months after his episode aired, he rejoiced on September 16, 2021, how he moved around more on his 34th birthday.

The purple golf shirt that he wore on "My 600-LB Life" hung baggy on him.

He thanked God for blessing him with another year and his mom, sister, brother, pops, and the rest of his family for helping him through the journey and their prayers. The Florida native lists his profession as a content creator and is single.


Social Media Captivated by Thederick Barnes' Story

In mid-2022, he shared an update on his weight loss, holding up old sweatpants in front of him, and his face was visibly thinner. "Just finished watching the show," an Instagram user wrote:

"I'm proud of you, Thederick, for staying motivated and keeping up with the hard work! Great job"


The purple golf shirt that he wore on "My 600-LB Life" hung baggy on him. "Wow, did you get your surgery?" someone asked, which he answered in the affirmative. "Now you need to go back on the show and do your before and afters," the person responded. "Just wait a little bit longer," he teased.

"So proud of you. Glad you were able to get the surgery. You look great," another said. "Your journey was very captivating. I really cared for your determination. Glad you stuck with it. Congratulations on your surgery and recovery. God Bless," one commented.

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