Where is Mike Meginness now? Update on 'My 600-lb Life' star's current weight status
Although Mike was 300-lbs away from his goal weight, Dr Now was still optimistic and pleased with his weight-loss progress
Mike Meginness, a 37-year-old from Ohio, was ready to do whatever it took to lose some weight and get healthy so that he could be more involved in his kids' lives. But it's easier said than done for this Ohio resident who weighed a whopping 745.7- lbs when he was first weighed at Dr. Now's clinic. Despite the many obstacles and challenges that were thrown his way, thanks to his sheer determination, Mike managed to not only lose weight and get approved for surgery but is also continuing his health and wellness journey, long after the filming ended.
If you're curious to know what happened to Mike after his appearance on 'My 600-lb Life', and what were the challenges that he had to overcome to accomplish his goal weight of 250-lbs, then read on. Before we get into giving you a current update on Mike, let's take a look at what pushed him down the rabbit hole of depression and binge-eating that eventually led to him piling on weight. In his introduction, Mike revealed how he had always been a big kid and ate a lot more than his other four siblings. His weight gain started pretty early on as he weighed 102-lbs by the age of six. He used his big frame to his advantage when he began focussing pretty extensively on playing football while at high school. Despite playing football and staying physically active, Mike's weight continued to steadily grow as his peers at school began bullying him for his weight. He coped with it by eating, putting him in a vicious cycle of eating, gaining weight, and getting bullied and once again resorting to eating to cope with bullying.
By the age of 18, Mike weighed a whopping 315-lbs. Things began to look up for him when he managed to earn a full scholarship for college. He was extremely excited about it and enjoyed his college life before it all came crashing down. He started experiencing concussions and after a few concussions, his doctors told him that he couldn't play football anymore. This was a huge blow to Michael who considered football his life. In less than a year since he was told he couldn't play football anymore, Mike put on 150-lbs. Things continued to get worse for Michael as he resorted to eating to cope with depression and lack of direction in his life.
As his scholarship was taken away, Mike had to drop out of college and move back in with his parents. A few months later he met his wife and the couple got married shortly after that. They had four children together, and Mike even got a job in the IT industry. Although his eating habits didn't change, he continued to work hard to provide for his family. His wife threatened to leave him if he didn't work on his food addiction. As a last-ditch effort, he went to a rehabilitation center where he stayed for two months. He was diagnosed with depression and food addiction. Although he lost weight, he soon put it back on after getting out of the center. His wife divorced him and got custody of their kids and the house. Mike once again found himself back to square one. He moved into his parent's basement and turned to binge-eating to cope with his depression and loss.
Where is Michael now since his weight-loss surgery?
But now Mike wants to make some major changes to his life and turned to Dr Now for help. With the help of Dr Now's recommended diet and exercises, Mike managed to lose quite some weight and weighed 592-lbs at the time of his weight loss surgery. Although he got approved for the surgery, Mike couldn't move to Houston and focus on his health as that would mean he would lose custody of his children.
So, Dr Now and Mike came up with a plan to just stay for two months in Houston following the surgery to make sure he recovered well from the procedure. Then he would return to Ohio and continue with his weight-loss journey and visit Dr Now regularly for consultations. In the meanwhile, he was also advised to seek therapy to help with his depression which in turn would prevent him from turning to food as a coping mechanism.
Mike followed Dr Now's advice to the T and continued his journey. At his last weighing in session at Dr Now's clinic after his surgery and return to Ohio, Mike weighed 545-lbs. Although he was 300-lbs away from his goal weight, Dr Now was still optimistic and pleased with his progress and urged him to continue his journey. According to Mike's Instagram, he is on a path to a "better healthy lifestyle".
'My 600-lb Life' airs every Wednesday at 8/7c on TLC.