Bettie Jo says she had become immobile due to her excessive weight of 660 pounds. She lived in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Josh, who became her 24/7 caretaker. When Bettie Jo decided she wanted to do something about the weight, her husband was less-than-supportive, noting that if she lost weight, she may decide to lose him as well. Therefore, Josh began sabotaging Betti Jo’s weight loss, only providing the woman with unhealthy food options as he did all the food shopping. Bettie Jo’s journey along with her husband’s concerns were documented on the TLC reality show My 600-lb Life.
Bettie Jo was featured on TLC’s reality series My 600-lb Life, where she discussed her weight loss journey. At just 24-years-old, the woman weighed in at 654 pounds. She says that being that large was miserable, as she relied on her husband, Josh, for even basic care such as bathing and household shopping. The woman says her struggles began when she was sexually assaulted as a girl. As a result of the assault, she says she turned to food and couldn’t stop eating.
She says that despite being married to Josh, their sex life is “slim to none.” She says Josh is more of a caregiver than a spouse and wanted to slim down to be able to better care for herself. Therefore, Bettie Jo opted for a bariatric surgery to help her cut her weight. However, as TLC notes, after the surgery, her husband, Josh, was nowhere to be found.
“The operation went well but my first night after surgery but Josh wasn’t there when I woke up. It made me a little scared because I needed him more than ever. I knew if I didn’t have his support. I wouldn’t be able to do this. The first month went but it wasn’t as easy as I’d hoped. Josh was preparing my meals and didn’t necessarily want to follow the doctor’s instructions.”
Josh was not supportive of Bettie Jo’s decision to try and lose weight, as he says he feared that she would leave him if she got slim.
“I used to take care of her but when she started being able to move around herself after the surgery that really scared me because. I don’t want her to leave me. She’s the only woman I’ve ever loved.”
After the surgery, doctors noticed that Bettie Jo was not losing any weight. It was noted that with Josh purchasing the food, he was sabotaging her weight loss. Josh feared that if Bettie Jo no longer needed him for day-to-day care that she would possibly leave him. However, Bettie Jo says without losing the weight, she would likely die.
After some marriage counseling, Bettie Jo successfully lost 157 pounds. The woman is now down to 498 pounds and proud of her progress.
“Josh and I had never been on a date. I’ve always been so big I could never really go out. And so thankfully this process has show me just how much I love him — and how much he loves me. I feel like a different person. I have a long way to go but I now know I can do it because I have Josh. And I have hope for the first time in a long while.”
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