At 23 years old and 657 pounds, Amber Rachdi, felt trapped and hopeless. She struggled with her weight since childhood and learned to associate food with love, which created an unhealthy long-term relationship with food. She used food for distraction and to soothe feelings of anxiety.
As a teenager, she had to be weighed on a platform scale that accommodated wheelchairs. Amber shares, “They put me on it, and I thought this is it, I am bigger than a person plus a piece of equipment.” By the end of high school, Amber weighed 425 pounds. She went on to college and struggled as she continued to gain weight, she became more introverted and eventually dropped out.
Amber got to the point where she was nearly homebound. She felt like a failure and disappointment to her family. Her doctor told her that if she didn’t lose weight, she would be dead by the time she was 30. Desperate to get help, Amber and her family moved to Texas so that she could have weight loss surgery with Dr. Nowzaradan.
Amber weighed 657 pounds at her first appointment with Dr. Nowzaradan. While there she also learned that the reason she carried so much weight in her legs, is because she had lipo-lymphadema. In November 2014, she had RNY Gastric Bypass. During the next 12 months, Amber’s weight loss surgery journey was documented on Season 3 of TLC’s hit show, My 600lb Life. Amber has since lost 400+ pounds, no longer uses food to cope with her anxiety, and is now able to enjoy her life-long passion for fashion, and loves fitting into clothes she actually likes now!
Fireside Chat: Saturday 10:45am – 11:45am, Royal Ballroom
Last Chance to Live, Life After My 600lb Life
Join us for a Fireside chat with Amber Rachdi and Melissa Morris of TLC‘s hit show, My 600lb Life! You’ll hear about their experiences as they filmed their segments and how life is for them today. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions in an open Q&A setting.