Amber Rachdi gained worldwide fame following her appearance on Season 3 of My 600–lb Life. At that time she weighed 660 pounds and her life was in danger because of her weight.
Now, five years later, Amber’s lost hundreds of pounds. And she’s unrecognizable!
A healthy diet can be a hard thing to maintain. If you have a family, a partner or many interests, it can be time-consuming to cook healthy food, and sometimes it can even be pretty expensive as well.
Fast food is definitely a trap, though; sure it can be good now and then, but in the long run it’s bad for your health if you eat too much of it. That’s why we’re always told we should work out, because it really is good for your mind, body and soul!
There are many inspirational people that teach us how to live a healthy life through exercising, eating healthy and working on our inner peace in order to feel great. But as much as I think these, often physically fit, people can be inspirational, so too are people like Amber Rachdi.
Five years ago, Amber weighed 660 pounds, and her health – and ultimately her life – was in danger. She fought her way back with hard work, both mentally and physically. Following the show, she continued her pursuit of a normal lie. And today, she looks absolutely amazing!
Amber Rachdi was born on June 22, 1990, in Portland, Oregon.
Already at a young age, Amber struggled with her weight. At five years old, she weighed over 160 pounds.
Her weight problems continued. In her teenage years, she suffered with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder, which was triggered by an eating disorder. She took to food to combat her anxiety, eating several huge meals and plenty of candy every day as a form of comfort. By 16, she needed a wheelchair to get around.
For many, the early 20s are all about partying, meeting friends and going to college. For Amber, at 23, it was nothing like that. Her weight had made it impossible to even do the smallest things, like taking a bath or walking down the stairs by herself.
Her parents cooked her meals, with her mother Patty saying that food “calms her down”.
“I have a lot of anxiety and I am at peace when I eat,” Amber admitted.
Amber was raised in Troutdale, Oregon, where she lived together with her parents and boyfriend, Rowdy. She sometimes accompanied her boyfriend when he would go grocery shopping, though she needed a mobility scooter to get around.
The couple couldn’t even be intimate with one another, which started to frustrate them both.
“I do feel guilty,” Rowdy said. “But what else do you do when you love someone?”
Amber Rachdi admitted that she had gained over 200 pounds since she started dating Rowdy.
“I could be stuffed sick but I would still want to eat something if it was put in front of me,” she said.
“I’ve tried so hard, so many times, to change the way I eat. But I can’t. I’m already such a failure. Why not just keep failing? I hate being in public. I feel like a sideshow.”
Amber suffered infections in between the folds of her skin, and needed a long brush to clean with. Because of her weight, she was a prisoner in her own home, unable to stand up for more than 30 minutes at a time. Amber described herself as a “nasty monster”, but at 23 years old everything would change.
Now weighing 660 pounds, she was told she wouldn’t live past her 30th birthday if she didn’t do something. Her life was at risk, and so Amber decided it was time for a change.