Over the years, the reality TV series My 600lb life has presented some of the most inspirational stories. The series is centered around a group of people plagued by obesity. Eight people are featured in a single series, and each one of them weighs over 600 pounds. Each one of the eight people is put through a fitness regiment comprising of diet and exercise. The reality series first began airing on the 1st of February 2012 and wrapped up the eighth season on the 15th of April, 2020. Amber Rachdi was the first patient to feature in the third season of the series. In this article, we will take a closer look at what is known of her.
Amber Rachdi was born on the 22nd of June 1990, in Portland, Oregon. Born and raised in Portland, Amber had troubles with her weight from a young age. By the time Amber was five years of age, she weighed more than 160 pounds. When Amber was 23 years of age, she was told that she wouldn’t live to see past 30, unless she did something about her weight.
From a young age, Amber was unable to carry most of her weight on her legs. Not only was she unable to stand for more than 30-minutes at a time, but she also couldn’t shower and avoided leaving the house at all costs. Even if she did, she had to use a motor scooter. Due to her weight, Amber could not get behind the steering wheel of a motor car, and could not support herself.
Getting to My 600lb life:
When Amber was told that she wouldn’t live to see 30, she decided that it was time for a change. So in 2015, Amber decided to relocate more than 2,000 miles, in hopes of shedding the pounds. In 2015, When Amber walked into Dr. Nowzardan‘s clinic, she weighed 657.6 lbs. At 23-years of age, Amber was one of the youngest ever patients to feature on the show.
After following a well-laid-out plan for a few months, Amber was ready for surgery. In twelve months, Amber lost 267 lbs and was weighed at 390.5 lbs. After her exit, Amber lost more than 200 pounds which brought her total weight loss to 467 pounds. After leaving My 600lb Life, Amber was given a chance to feature in the spin-off ‘My 600-lb Life: Where Are They Now?’. But Amber declined the offer, citing a bad experience with the producers. In a detailed interview, Amber revealed that she wasn’t comfortable around the camera. She later stated that one of the producers even threatened to cancel the surgery if she didn’t comply. Amber also revealed that she was asked to shot a nude shower scene to which she firmly said no.
For most of her time in the series, Amber was featured alongside her then-boyfriend, Rowdy. During her time with the series, it became clear to Amber that her boyfriend was getting in way of her recovery. After realizing that, Amber broke up with Rowdy and moved on with a new man. In 2016, Amber revealed through an Instagram post that she was getting married. She did not reveal the name of her husband citing privacy issues. Amber is well known on Instagram and has a massive amount of followers. She uses the medium to document her journey of weight loss and encourage others to do the same.