600 Pound Mum: Race Against Time
Monday, 8.30pm, Discovery Home & Health This is the tragic story of Dominique Lanoise, a loving mother of six whose bodyweight grew so out of control that her doctors were at their wits’ end in a race to save her life. Of course bariatric surgery would be the treatment of choice, however surgeons generally consider 500 pounds (227kg) the maximum weight at which they can operate. For 10 months doctors work with the woman trapped inside her own bulk to get her weight down to the right level. Incredibly, when they weigh her on a special bed scale, Dominique has gained 120 pounds. Dumbfounded staff extract a confession: using the fuzzy logic mothers are famous for, Dominique has been sprinkling her favourite Haitian meals, snuck in for her by a mate, with appetite suppressant powder, thinking it would counteract the calories. In the end, with its unlikely central character and her unconditionally loving family, 600 Pound Mum is a profoundly moving family story.