Slaton Sisters — All You Need to Know about the '1000-LB Sisters' Stars
The Slaton sisters attracted a lot of attention in 2020 after appearing in TLC’s reality show “1000-lb Sisters.” Amy’s pregnancy is one of the main themes of the second season.
TLC fans are no strangers to reality weight-loss docu-series (“My 600-lb Life,” “One Big Happy Family”). Still, most of them were gladly surprised after watching the first season of “1000-lb Sisters.”
When the show began, Amy Slaton weighed 406 pounds, and Tammy Slaton was at 605 pounds. The whole point of “1000-lb Sisters” is to follow their weight-loss journey, and we're here for it.
The Slaton sisters talking to a therapist for an episode of "1000-lb Sisters" uploaded to YouTube on January 18, 2021 | Photo: YouTube/Amy Slaton-Halterman
THE SLATON SISTERS
For the sisters from Kentucky, who live together due to Tammy’s limited mobility, losing weight became a matter of life and death as they both struggled with diabetes and high blood pressure.
The Slatons took things very seriously, and their anxiety to reach their goal weight in order to qualify for bariatric surgery resulted in heated arguments quite frequently.
Before making it big on TLC, the Slaton sisters were famous YouTubers. One of their first videos that went viral was uploaded in 2014, and it showed them taking on the “Chubby Bunny Challenge.”
A couple of years later, Amy uploaded another video titled “The Power of Makeup,” Nowadays, it has almost 7.5 million views. However, Tammy and Amy’s lives are far from perfect.
TAMMY SLATON’S DEPRESSION
If dealing with all of her chronic health issues hasn't been hard enough for her body, Tammy’s brain has been affected by her lack of mobility and, consequently, isolation, so much so that she began suffering severe depression.
Things were so difficult for Tammy that she tried to kill herself in January 2019. Luckily, she failed at it, but the whole experience served as a wake-up call for her to make changes in her lifestyle.
During the show, Tammy tried to find love online, and she apparently did it! The lucky one is a man named Jerry Sykes, who is about 11 years older than her and is married.
Tammy knows about Jerry’s wife but has not shared many details about it. At the moment, it is still too soon to jump to conclusions about Tammy and Jerry’s romance.
Four months after the [gastric bypass] surgery, Amy found out that she was pregnant.
AMY SLATON’S RELATIONSHIP
Although Tammy hasn’t tied the knot, Amy is married to a man named Michael Halterman, who frequently appears in front of the cameras and has been very supportive about helping Tammy.
Michael, a mill operator at Shamrock Technologies, and Amy met while attending the same high school in Dixon, Kentucky. After dating for years, they finally decided to elope in Nashville on March 15, 2019.
Since the couple eloped, no family members were present at their wedding. For that reason, they had plans to celebrate their union more traditionally, and their second wedding was shown on the series.
Right from the start, it was evident that one of Amy’s biggest inspirations to lose weight was having children with Michael. In the show’s premiere episode, Amy said:
“I always wanted to be a mom. I feel incomplete as a woman because I can’t have a kid. My husband Michael means the world to me.”
AMY SLATON’S PREGNANCY
Her wish was granted! However, the timing was far from perfect. Near the end of the first season, Amy had lost enough pounds (around 130) to get gastric bypass surgery, so Dr. Charles Procter did the procedure.
One of the things Dr. Charles told Amy was that she needed to wait two years before getting pregnant so that her body could heal. Four months after the surgery, Amy found out that she was pregnant.
In the trailer for the second season, Amy admitted that while her pregnancy made her feel “scared as hell,” it was also “everything I’ve always wanted.” Tammy was also “sad and worried” about it.
All details about Amy’s pregnancy and the Slaton sisters’ weight-loss journey are being disclosed in the second season of “1000-lb Sisters,” which premiered on January 4, 2021.
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