Where is James Bedard now? 'My 600-lb Life' star credits 119lb weight loss to family support
For James Bedard, his weight loss journey made him address other issues in life, including his depression. However, thanks to a good support system and motivation, even though there were a few setbacks, James managed to stay on track and push himself to work harder. And it turns out, everyone is now rooting for him.
Participating on 'My 600-lb Life' takes a mental and emotional toll on the cast. After all, it is not easy being that vulnerable on TV and having the audience see a side of you that might not be positive. And while many people fall off the wagon or fail to go through with the programme, James has proved that he was serious about his progress even though it took time.
During his first weigh-in with Dr Now, James weighed 625lb. To be a part of the programme, Dr Now instructed him to limit his food intake, control portion size and work out twice a day. He was expected to drop 80 pounds in two months. James seemed serious enough at the start and tried to implement these lifestyle changes, although they seemed hard. However, during the third month, James' father passed away. Although he wasn't around often, this took a toll on him emotionally, causing a few setbacks. He contacted Dr Now and told him that he was working hard and needed a little time to cope.
Dr Now granted him another month, with the same weight loss goal of 75 pounds. However, six months into the programme, James struggled with his depression. Although he wanted more time to deal with the loss of his father, he couldn't bring himself to cancel another appointment. Dr Now also informed him that he either committed or moved on.
To prove that he was sticking to the diet, James weighed himself at a local clinic and had lost 28lb, bringing his weight down to 597lb. By month 8, James got in touch with Dr Mathew Paradise, a psychologist.
Dr Paradise helped James cope with his depression and the loss of his father in the hopes of speeding up his weight loss progress. Together, with his family's constant support, certainly seems to have helped, as James getting closure resulted in him dropping another 42lb. Dr Now gave him a target of 35lb and told him that he'd be eligible for surgery if he could achieve that. Determined, James went ahead and dropped 37lb. Dr Now informed him that he could move to Houston to start the programme and encouraged him to do so immediately to not lose his progress. Even Dr Now was hopeful, seeing that James is determined to do what it takes and has a good momentum going.
Where is James now?
Unfortunately, James keeps a low social media profile, so there is no way of knowing if he joined the programme or fell off the wagon. However, an online tweet confirmed that he had been getting the support he needs. "@TLC #600lblife Hey ! This was filmed in my neighborhood at Canarsie Pier in Brooklyn, N.Y but James has a great support system from Cheynenne so keep up the good work." wrote a user. Here's hoping James is working towards his goals!
'My 600-lb Life' airs every Wednesday at 8/7c on TLC.