‘My 600-lb Life’ Doug Armstrong shares weight loss, shocking cause of obesity
Doug Armstrong was a morbidly obese man who sought help with weight loss on TLC’s “#My 600-lb Life.” The father of three managed to lose an eye-popping 220 pounds after bariatric surgery on the reality television show. But the shocking trauma behind Armstrong’s obesity is the real eye-opener. Armstrong talked about it in a heart-breaking reveal last episode, and processing and healing that PTSD-like pain meant the difference between weight loss success and failure.
Doug Armstrong’s obesity rooted in child sexual abuse
Like so many others on “My 600-lb Life” Doug’s story revealed sexual molestation in childhood. But the commonality of child sexual abuse makes the story no less gut-wrenching. You could feel the suffering as the 6′ 6″ man re-lived with the reality television show therapist, his terrible experience. Images of Armstrong throughout the years show a happy, loving boy with a dazzling smile. In each successive image the smile still beams, but viewers now know it hides a mountain of hurt. For some unaccountable reason, child sexual abuse victims internalize molestation. They feel responsible, guilty, and ashamed — and at the end of that is often obesity.
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