Of all the reality shows produced by the TLC channel, 1000 lb Sisters is perhaps the rawest of them all. The reality series, which began airing in January of 2020, focuses on the Slaton sisters. Amy Slaton and Tammy Slaton are a pair of sisters from Kentucky, USA. Like the title of the show suggests, both sisters suffer from a massive obesity problem. The sum of their weights exceeds 1000lb, hence the title. In this article, we will take a closer look at the life of Tammy and Amy Slaton.
Amy & Tammy Slaton early life:
Amy Slaton was born in 1988, and Tammy Slaton was born in 1987. Born and raised in Dixon, Kentucky, the pair were raised by a single mother Darlene. The pair attended the Union County High School and wrapped up their education.
Even though both sisters were of average weight while they were young, things changed for the pair during their teen years. When Amy was 10-years of age, their grandmother passed away which had a real impact on the pair. Talking about their grief, Amy shared,
“My mom worked two to three jobs at a time, and my grandma was basically our mom. When she died, our whole world changed.”
So, when their grandmother passed away, Amy and Tammy turned to packaged foods to fill their belly. With the elder siblings moving out of the family, Amy and Tammy depended on foods like frozen pizza and ramen noodles.
“It’s what we ate to survive, and that stuff is not good for you. Depression and just trying to live all kind of caught up with us. You go to McDonald’s and you can get a cheeseburger for a dollar, but a salad costs like five”.
Over the years, the pair put on massive weight which led to a ton of problems. Not only did the sisters suffered from chronic diabetes and heart problems, Tammy even contemplated suicide. For the better part of her life, Tammy was always homebound. This led to severe mental health issues and Tammy even contemplated suicide. However, the whole idea came as a wake-up call for Tammy who knew she had to make changes. She was dependent on Amy for the most part which only inflated the tension between the sisters.
The Slaton sisters first rose to fame on YouTube.In 2011, Amy established a YouTube channel where she posted light-hearted pictures of her sister, Tammy. In 2014, the pair attempted the “Chubby Bunny Challenge.” The goal of the challenge is to stuff marshmallows into one’s mouth, one at a time, and utter the phrase “chubby bunny”. The video quickly went viral and the pair found fame on the internet. However, with fame came bullying and the pair were subjected to harsh comments. The pair were ridiculed for their weight and the sisters often had to deal with online bullying. In 2017, Amy released a video responding to harsh comments left on their videos.
Yearning for a change:
When the Slaton sisters were introduced to fans in the 1000 lb sisters, Amy weighed at 406 pounds and Tammy weighed at 605 pounds. While Tammy is single, Amy is married to Mike Halterman. The pair met during their high school years and tied the knot on the 15th of March, 2019. When Amy realized that she could not be pregnant due to her weight, she knew that she wanted to change. As a result, Amy decided to undergo the gastric sleeve surgery and Tammy decided to accompany her. The pair’s experience was documented in the 6-episode documentary, 1000lb Sisters. The sisters were happy to be on the series and hoped that the series would present them in a new light.
“Doing the show is one way to give us a different light because you can only show so much on YouTube. This is actually day-to-day stuff that we deal with.”
As of early 2020, the sisters are committed to their weight loss journey. This has helped to increase their self-confidence by leaps and bounds. Talking about the whole thing, Amy revealed,
“I can go to the store and not worry about my looks because I feel good about myself regardless of what other people say about me. I’m beautiful the way I am.”