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Dr Younan Nowzaradan net worth: 'My 600-lb Life' doc earns more than just $250K salary

A renowed name in his field, Dr Younan Nowzaradan, aka Dr Now has a long-standing career helping people get their lives back on track
Dr Younan Nowzaradan ((Instagram/@younannowzaradan)
Dr Younan Nowzaradan ((Instagram/@younannowzaradan)

Gaining weight isn't just an issue that can be chalked up to overeating — there are a lot of factors at play. It can be diseases such as hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, polycystic ovary syndrome, Cushing's syndrome, genetics and various psychological factors at hand. Expecting people to work out to keep the weight off in these conditions isn't entirely possible. So sometimes you need an expert on board.

Dr Younan Nowzaradan or Dr Now, as he is popularly known, is a specialist in the field and his medical career has been about helping people solve these issues. As a part of 'My 600-lb Life', Dr Now has helped people in dire straits and got them to flip their life around. The show has seen people with a wide range of issues, all of which has led to obesity, seek his help. With a practice of over 30 years, Dr Now has done fairly well for himself.


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Who is Dr Nowzaradan or Dr Now?

Dr Younan Nowzaradan was born October 11, 1944 in Tehran, Iran. He is an Iranian-born American and is also a TV personality and author. Dr Now studied and graduated from the University of Tehran with a Doctor of Medicine degree, after which he moved to the US.

Apart from starring on 'My 600-Lb Life', he's also been on shows such as 'My 600-Lb Life: Where Are they Now?', 'Half-Ton Teen', and 'Survival of The Half Ton Teen'. He's also been on 'Body Shock', on episodes such as 'Half Ton Dad', 'Half Ton Teen', and 'Half Ton Mum'. Apart from medical papers, he has authored books as well, such as 'Scales Don't Lie, People Do', and 'Last Chance To Live'.


Dr Now's net worth

Apart from being affiliated with Houston Obesity Surgery, Dr Now also practices across several local hospitals, while being a TV personality too. As reported by Comparilist, his estimated salary at Houston Obesity Surgery is around $250,000, along with additional income from surgeries. However, the number might be higher than that, seeing that he is a senior doctor who has been in the field for a long time and is at the top of his chosen profession. With The List and Physicians Thrive estimating surgeons' pay to be roughly $400,000 per year and above, Dr Nowzaradan likely draws a sizeable cheque.

He is also on Cameo, where you can book a unique video message by Dr Now for $200 for personal use and $500 for business purposes. Although there is no confirmation regarding his earning from the show, it could very well be an impressive amount seeing that the series is produced by Megalomedia, a production company co-owned by Jonathan Nowzaradan, who happens to be Dr Now's son.

Jonathan is also the producer of the series and has certainly helped his father achieve TV and online fame. However, despite speculation around his salary, Dr Now has dealt with his fair share of malpractice accusations, all of which came with heavy price tags. In 2017, he was sued for $250,000,000 by a patient for a botched abdominoplasty. However, in 2018, the patient filed a request to have the suit dismissed. In 2017 again, a woman sued him, demanding compensation between $200,000 and $1,000,000. She claimed that he left a stainless steel connector and tubing inside her. However, Dr Now denied those allegations as well.


What do you think? Is there truth to those claims? Or are they just people who are after his fortune? Sound off below! 

Season 10 of 'My 600-lb Life' returns to TLC on Wednesday, November 10 at 8pm ET/PT.