The story of James on the latest “My 600 Lb. Life” caused an uproar after it aired, and viewers are still chiming in on what they saw. Some of what irked them was the lack of follow-up on James and his girlfriend Lisa after Dr. Nowzaradan sent them home to fend for themselves.
TVRuckus reached out to TLC to ask if the network had a follow-up episode planned. The answer was no, not at this time, but there has been tremendous interest in whether or not the man was still alive, nevermind well.
Now we have news, thanks to the physical therapist featured in the final scenes of James’ episode on “My 600 Lb. Life”. In an exclusive interview with him, we learned that James has lost weight and is in better physical condition than he was when we last saw him on TV.
Rudi Pijnnaken President of Physical Therapy International and the therapist treating James, told us that the scene of James being taken to a seated position for the first time in years was the product of multiple visits to his apartment. Pijnnaken said he treated James’ “mindset”, not just his body. He also worked with Lisa so that the two of them understood what was necessary to get James well.
While he is not a psychologist or therapist, which he stressed to us, he has had success with other patients by working them through the “mindset” necessary to help themselves heal. He has YouTube videos of two patients he has helped in this way. A link to those is posted is below.
In the case of James and Lisa, it took 11 treatments for them to “…understand that if they didn’t follow the diet or exercise nothing I could do would help them,” Pijnnaken said to us. As of this writing, James can sit up with his right leg dangling off the bed, without screams of pain.
James is on a diet of between 600-800 calories-a-day and the physical therapist told us that it appears to him that James weighs less than when we last saw him on the show. Pijnnaken told us that James and Lisa got little to no guidance on how to follow the doctor’s plan. As posted earlier today in another commentary on TVRuckus, we opined that the couple had no idea how to shop for or prepare healthy food. It’s not uncommon for people who have eaten themselves into a state close to death to know little to nothing about nutrition.
Here’s one thing of note, besides the fact that James and Lisa are on the right path at the moment, James wants us to know that he regrets his behavior on camera, is attempting to heal the relationship with his daughter Bayley and has set a goal to walk as soon as he is physically able. If Pijnnaken is to be believed, that could come quicker than we think.
Image credit: TLC, used with permission