Native Ohioan Angela Gutierrez had something of an infamous reality TV debut earlier this year, when the My 600 Lb Life cast member became just the second person to drop out of Dr. Nowzaradan’s weight loss program. In our Angela Gutierrez 600 Pound Life check-in, we’ve got a new pic of the Season 7 star, plus another potential update on whether she’ll be filming a follow-up episode.
Angela G’s first My 600 Lb Life episode came under heavy criticism
44-year-old Angela endured a lifetime of weight loss and gain before the show’s cameras began filming. She was the second Season 7 cast member to actually have already had weight loss surgery before (Episode 5’s Holly Hager was the first). Angela lost 100 pounds from her then-peak weight of 375 as a result of that surgery, but gained it all back thanks largely to a series of horrible misfortunes.
Between her surgery and her episode, Angela lost custody of her children to their grandmother after being charged with child endangerment. She also tried to commit suicide. And Angela’s increasing weight made her bouts with multiple sclerosis much more difficult to deal with.
Compounding those difficulties was the tough time Angela had finding someone to help her make the 1,100 mile journey to Houston from her southwest Ohio home. Angela’s two children — Andrea, 23, and Chris, 19 — were unable to come for other reasons (Andrea also suffers from MS, and Angela felt she’d relied too heavily upon Chris in the past). So Angela was forced to make the journey with her former lover Eric.
Angela’s peak weight upon meeting Dr. Nowzaradan was 608 pounds. The doctor asked Angela to see how much weight she could lose on her own, using his diet and guidelines — but that was where Angela’s troubles seemed to really begin. The lack of structure meant Angela never lost much weight at all while working with Dr. Now, and she followed Season 7’s Jeanne Covey in dropping out of his weight loss program after a few months.
After leaving Houston, though, Angela claimed she’d found weight loss success. In a subsequent check-in with Dr. Now, she said she’d lost approximately 120 pounds since returning to Ohio. Dr. Now, skeptical as ever, called Angela “delusional.”
What’s the next chapter in the Angela Gutierrez 600 Pound Life story?
Angela recently shared a new before and after photo of herself, one that’s sure to justify the beliefs of both haters and fans. The pic also features Andrea, and appears to be a Mother’s Day shot, as that’s when Angela posted it:
The photo had no caption. A few days earlier, Angela did share a meme suggesting she’s dedicated to healthier living. Against a black background, the image’s brightly colored text read “Here’s to better habits, positive thinking, clean eating, & most of all, loving yourself.”
Other than that, though, Angela has been pretty quiet since her episode aired. But it’s worth noting that the pics she has made public all follow My 600 Lb Life production company Megalomedia’s strict guidelines about what cast members are allowed to show. So it’s at least possible that Angela is filming a Where Are They Now? episode — something that would likely rile plenty of viewers up, given the response to her debut.
You can revisit Angela’s first My 600 Lb Life episode here — it’s available for streaming via TLC.
(Photo credits: Angela Gutierrez 600 pound life via Facebook, TLC)
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