'My 600-Lb Life' Alum Mercedes Cephas Looks Gorgeous in Last Photos: Her Story after the Show

"My 600-Lb Life" star Mercedes Cephas looked stunning in the last snaps she uploaded to her social media accounts. Here's a look at her life after she starred on the show.

The Facebook profile of "My 600-Lb Life" alum Mercedes Cephas shows that she has returned to Cincinnati, a long way from Houston. Also apparent from her profile is that she is a stay-at-home mother. 

Cephas has an Instagram account as well, but posts there rarely, just as on Facebook. The most recent post she made on Facebook was in July of 2020 when she updated her profile photo, and she looks beautiful.

Mercedes Cephas during an episode of "My 600-Lb Life." | Photo: YouTube/Michael Petersen

Mercedes Cephas during an episode of "My 600-Lb Life." | Photo: YouTube/Michael Petersen

In 2018, Cephas uploaded two photos on Facebook in which she appears. She also posted pictures of herself on her Instagram account in 2015. In one adorable shot, she is shown with her child.

Because Cephas is not an active social media user, it's difficult to determine if she changed her ways after Dr. Now's advice — or if she is still looking for reasons to consume unhealthy foods.

Immediately after her appearance on "My 600-Lb Life," Cephas set up a GoFundMe account. During that time, she explained that she is taking these steps to improve her life for her and her children.

On the show, she expressed astonishment over what she had allowed her life to become.

Any donation would be appreciated, Cephas said. She also acknowledged that the road ahead would not be an easy one but that it was the beginning of a healthier life for her and her children.

Cephas, who was assaulted by her father, aimed to raise $10,000. However, her GoFundMe page was shut down after only raising $175 in a few months, according to The Cinemaholic. 

When Cephas joined "My 600-Lb Life," she weighed 773 pounds and was bedridden due to severe lymphedema. As a result, her extended family was entrusted with raising her children.

The risk of her organs failing became massive when her condition and physical frame were combined. On the show, she expressed astonishment over what she had allowed her life to become.

Childhood trauma contributes largely to the weight gain of the "My 600-lb Life" stars. Several cast members experienced neglect as children. In order to cope, food became their refuge.

In Cephas' case, her father assaulted her and terrorized her siblings. This ultimately caused Cephas to tip the scale. When she was able to get to Houston to see Dr. Now, her condition was dire.

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