'My 600-lb Life' Alum Amber Rachdi Is a Social Media Star Now – Her Inspiring Story after the Show
Former TLC alum Amber Rachdi went from being overweight to a social media sensation in her own right. Rachdi was in her twenties when she appeared on the reality show.
“My 600-lb Life” star Amber Rachdi was only 23 years old during her stint on the series. She had struggled with her weight her whole life and even had to use a wheelchair at some point.
Rachdi’s weight issues stemmed from an undiagnosed anxiety disorder, and once she took charge of her life, things began to change for the better.
With the assistance of Dr. Now, including her family and friends, Rachdi was approved for a gastric bypass surgery that significantly reduced her stomach size.
According to the Daily Mail, the procedure motivated her to change her eating habits for good, and by the end of the show, Rachdi had shed an incredible 267 lbs.
She became one of the biggest success stories on the show, and since then, things have worked out well in her favor. Reports speculate that Rachdi lost an additional 200 pounds over the years and has become an Instagram star.
She has over 215,000 followers and frequently shares selfies looking fit and healthy. Rachdi’s bio notes, “I was REAL fat. Now, I’m just normal-fat.”
Several followers have even encouraged her to pursue modeling.
The reality star is now living on her own, has graduated from college. Rachdi was approached to appear on “My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?” but turned it down after her initial experience with the show.
She revealed she had a rather unpleasant experience and described it as disorganized and jarring. Fortunately, everything is behind her now, and she is focused on the future.
Some of the show's popular stars have also achieved their goals since the show, including the series’ first feature, Melissa Morris, who realized her lifelong dream of becoming a mom.
According to her TLC interview, a doctor once told Morris that she had only a 2 percent chance of conceiving. However, she beat the odds and became a mother to Allona on May 1, 2010. Today, she is a mom of three.
Sadly, one other star, Coliesa McMillian, died in September 2020, months after her family revealed that she suffered surgical complications during her weight loss journey.
McMillian previously suffered a heart attack when she was 39 years old. She passed on at age 41. At the time of her death, the cause was not clear.