Octavia Gahagans kicked off My 600 Lb Life Season 7 in positive fashion. The Kansas City native had been bed-bound for a year before moving to Houston to work with Dr. Nowzaradan. The first year of her weight loss journey culminated in grand fashion, as Octavia lost a third of her body weight — but how’s she doing today? Fortunately, thanks to the new weight loss photos in our My 600 Lb Life Octavia update, it looks like things are still going well for her.
When we first met Octavia, she didn’t know her weight because she hadn’t been able to get onto a scale for some time. The decision to move to Houston and jump start her weight loss was easy enough, but Octavia needed her entire family to help her pack up — and a team of EMTs to get her from her home into an especially outfitted van for the trip south.
Once she’d arrived in Houston and at Dr. Now’s offices, it was time for the moment of truth. And after discovering that she was at a peak weight of 692 pounds, Octavia got serious. She quickly received approval for gastric bypass surgery, and, by the end of her debut episode, had lost a total of 236 pounds. Octavia’s applause-worthy weight loss began a string of unusually successful stories throughout My 600 Lb Life Season 7, which has seen a higher-than-usual average weight loss for each new cast member.
As for now? As we’ve written in an earlier My 600 Lb Life Octavia update, she’s definitely one of the more private cast members, and doesn’t often share information on social media. Pictures, though, are another story. Here’s a pair of some of Octavia’s most recent public shots, from just last month:
And here’s another pair of pics, these two from late March. In case you’re wondering, yes, the woman on the left is Octavia’s My 600 Lb Life Season 7 castmate Destinee Lashaee. It seems the two of them ran into each other and posed for some fun snaps while waiting for their check-ups at Dr. Now’s office. (The woman in the middle is an unidentified friend of Octavia’s.)
While we haven’t been able to confirm filming for an Octavia Where Are They Now? episode, we have noted that Octavia appears to still live in Houston. So it’s at least possible that we’ll get the next chapter of her story when next year’s crop of Where Are They Now? episodes airs.
(Photo credits: My 600 Lb Life Octavia update via TLC, Facebook)
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