TLC’s ‘My 600-lb Life,’ as we all know, tells the stories of morbidly obese people who try to turn a new leaf and live a healthy lifestyle.
However, this is easier said than done, especially since the entire procedure includes both physical and psychological aspects, making things incredibly confusing.
As a result, while some people succeed in achieving their goals efficiently and effectively with the help of Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, such as done by My 600-lb Life season 10‘s Dolly Martinez.
So, if you’re interested in learning more about Dolly Martinez and what she’s doing these days, we’ve got you covered.
‘My 600-lb Life’: Journey of Dolly Martinez
Dolly Martinez is a 25-year-old woman who has struggled with movement, hygiene, her daily routine, and heart failure, as well as respiratory problems, for a long time due to her size, but she has been enormous her entire life.
It’s important to remember that her weight gain journey started when she was just a child, when her father consciously chose his drug addiction above his family, leaving her mother to provide for them on her own.
When Dolly was diagnosed with ADD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder in kindergarten, things only got worse.
Dolly began to feel singled out at this time, prompting her to seek even more solace in the one thing she thought would never criticise or harm her: food.
As a result, she weighed 120 pounds by the age of seven, which led to teasing and a terrible consuming cycle that saw her reach 300 pounds by the age of 15-16.
Her mum, Staci, had came out as a lesbian some few years earlier, which didn’t help her condition either, particularly as she had to hear comments about it on herself.
Dolly eventually left school and enrolled in Job Corps, but her efforts were in vain.
Due to her health issues, the Fort Worth native was unable to care for herself or hold down a job for long periods of time, so eating became her first priority, which further increased after her father purposely overdosed on meth.
That was around the time she was living with Ricky, her partner-turned-husband, who she claimed was not just an enabler but also an abuser.
As a result, CPS transferred Dolly’s newborn daughter to Staci just six days after Dolly’s delivery, and she received full legal custody of the child within a year.
Dolly moved in with the latter a few months later before deciding to change her ways.
Dolly, who weighs 593 pounds, appeared to be determined to battle for a better future and a “more normal life” at first, but she eventually revealed her hand by blaming her parents for not easing her into the process.
She despised the diet, gave in to her temptations, and even went so far as to abandon Staci at a homeless shelter when their viewpoints diverged too much.
Not only that, but Dolly returned to Ricky as a sister wife for a short time before moving on with Philip, whom she’d met at the shelter, only to get engaged six weeks later.
They stayed in a hotel in Houston on his disability payments, which no one enjoyed.
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What Happened to Dolly Martinez & Where Is She Now?
Dolly Martinez was convinced that weight-loss surgery would solve all of her problems.
However, Dr. Now declined her request since she had lost only 40 pounds in a year and had shown no behavioural progress, despite consultation with psychotherapist Matthew Paradise.
He explained that if she follows his plan, visits a therapist at least once a month, and begins taking responsibility for her own life, he would continue to work with her, but that it would be a long time before she could ever advance to the next stage.
Dolly appears to be working toward achieving independence and accountability, which she was tasked with doing.
Despite the fact that her social media platforms show no major weight loss after the production of her episode, she appears to be closer to her daughter than before.
It’s unclear whether she’s still in Houston with Phillip or has moved back to Fort Worth permanently, but being close to her daughter is clearly progress.
From here on out, we can only hope for the best for her.