'My 600-lb Life' links Munchausen syndrome, obesity, codependency, weight-loss

If you watch "My 600-lb Life" you probably have a lot of questions. You wonder how the heck people like 850-lb Steven Assanti and 900-lb Sean Milliken got so overweight. You can't fathom why caregivers would wipe butts and clean bedpans while overfeeding them. Are they just nice people or is there some sick pathology behind the caregiving? The reality TV show explores weight-loss fails and links obesity to enabling, codependency, and even, in some cases, #Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Obesity vs. Enabling  'My 600-lb Life' links Munchausen syndrome, obesity, codependency, weight-loss

Jinger Duggar pregnant: Instagram shows Jinger, Jeremy Vuolo 'Counting On' baby?

Is Jinger Duggar pregnant? Fans wondered if Mrs. Jeremy Vuolo was showing off a baby bump on Instagram. And a source told InTouch weekly that the "19 Kids and Counting" daughter is in her second trimester of pregnancy and due to deliver an early fall baby. So why have Jinger's parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar elected to stay mum if they are expecting a new grandbaby? Social media users are saying that pregnancy is private and folks shouldn't be sticking their noses in. But the Duggars of TLC's "Counting On" are very public. They share freely on Facebook and would normally gush over a baby. Rumor has it the pregnancy is being saved for a reality television reveal. 'Pregnant' Jinger Duggar raises debate  Jinger Duggar pregnant: Instagram shows Jinger, Jeremy Vuolo 'Counting On' baby?

'Teen Mom 2' Kailyn Lowry planned pregnancy, yet blames critics, feels cheated

Unwed and pregnant Kailyn Lowry has nothing but pride in her pregnancy and blame for others. The "#Teen Mom 2" star planned to get pregnant despite her recent divorce from Javi Marroquin. But in all the baby bliss, Lowry feels cheated out of her pregnancy reveal and criticized those who sold her out. Kailyn's spokesperson originally denied pregnancy questions and shamed folks for asking. Then Kailyn fessed up, boasted a lot of support and faulted her critics. That's a lot of blame from one who is happily expecting. Is this just a maneuver to deflect attention off the fact that the reality TV star is again a baby mama but not a bride?  'Teen Mom 2' Kailyn Lowry planned pregnancy, yet blames critics, feels cheated

'Counting On' Jessa Duggar Seewald gives birth to baby boy: Ben Seewald ready for 2 kids?

 Jessa Duggar Seewald gave birth to her second son on Feb. 6 and family, friends and fans of "Counting On" rejoice in her safe delivery. But it begs some questions: is dad Ben Seewald ready at 21 for two kids? He wasn't sure about that a few months ago. If he's not, he'd better get ready because Duggar comes from "19 Kids and Counting" and proclaims herself ready to compete in the family's baby race. The couple also expects that their toddler Spurgeon Seewald will step up to the plate as older brother, at the tender age of 15 months.  Jessa Duggar Seewald gives birth to baby boy, but is Ben Seewald, 21, ready?

Beyonce pregnant with twins -- doctors fear health risk

Beyonce is pregnant with twins and joyfully bared her baby bump in some intimate photos with Jay-Z and blue ivy. A pic of Queen Bey cradling her naked belly set a world record for most Instagram likes. Some folks fretted over Beyonce's "racy" pics. But doctors worry about bigger issues like weight loss or gain, age, and other complications in this high-risk pregnancy.   Beyonce pregnant with twins -- doctors fear health risk

Honey Boo Boo more obese as Mama June Shannon gets makeover, weight loss surgery

 Reality TV Mama June Shannon promises a complete transformation after weight loss and plastic surgery. But obesity still stalks her famous daughter Alana Thompson. The clan of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" appear in a new reality television show, "Mama June: From Not to Hot" on WEtv. The Georgia mom dishes on her expensive new home and healthier lifestyle. Yet she doesn't seem to have heeded the advice of "The Doctors" to help Alana get obesity under control.  Honey Boo Boo more obese as Mama June Shannon gets makeover, weight loss surgery

'My 600-lb Life' transgender Chay Guillory comes out, finds surprise weight loss mojo

TLC reality television show "My 600-lb Life" chronicles some of the most shocking celebrity makeovers ever. These aren't Hollywood celebrities, but morbidly obese people hoping to save their lives with gastric bypass surgery. In shocking makeovers, none was quite so extensive as that of Chay Guillory. Now living as Lola, the 24-year-old found surprising weight loss mojo getting out of the closet and into the women's fitting room.   'My 600-lb Life' transgender Chay Guillory comes out, finds surprise weight loss mojo

'My 600-lb Life' Amber Rachdi debuts dazzling 420-lb weight loss, kicks obesity butt at 26

Amber Rachdi was different from most other morbidly obese patients on "#My 600-lb Life" and folks saw that right away. She was young, beautifully made up, and brutally honest with no self-delusions. She has the face of a celebrity. But at 660 pounds, Amber couldn't stand upright, let alone care for herself. However with grit, gastric bypass surgery, and gasp-worthy weight loss, the 26-year-old has been able to reverse killer obesity.  'My 600-lb Life' Amber Rachdi debuts dazzling 420-lb weight loss, kicks obesity butt at 26

'Kate Plus 8' Kate Gosselin excludes Collin Gosselin, Jon Gosselin at sextuplets birthday

Kate Gosselin left sextuplet Collin Gosselin out of his own birthday party. She uninvited dad Jon Gosselin too. Mom says she's stressed from planning the lavish sextuplet birthday party and sad Collin had to miss it. Mom orchestrated the bash on her reality TV show "Kate Plus 8" but two guests of honor were missing: the birthday boy and his dad. 'Kate Plus 8' Kate Gosselin uninvites Collin Gosselin, Jon Gosselin to sextuplets birthday

'Teen Mom' Catelynn Lowell, Tyler Baltierra regret adoption: is it postpartum depression?

Does Catelynn Lowell of "#Teen Mom OG" regret putting her daughter Carly up for adoption? She's hurt that the girl's adoptive parents won't let her see her child, despite the adoption agreement backing their decision. Are those the health issues her husband Tyler Baltierra expressed concern over? The "Teen Mom" star seems upset over Carly but could the birth of baby Novalee be driving it? Her affect sounds remarkably like postpartum #depression described by singer Adele. 'Teen Mom' Catelynn Lowell, Tyler Baltierra regret adoption: is it postpartum depression?

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