“My 600-Lb Life” wasn’t the first time Steven Assanti tried to lose weight to qualify for gastric bypass surgery. When he lived in Rhode Island, he stayed at a hospital for three months to get his weight down. At the time, he came in close to 800 pounds. He managed to lose 20 pounds over the course of three months, with his intentions being to “stay there and lose all my weight and get down to 550 to get the gastric bypass” (via USA Today).
There was just one problem. Assanti wanted to celebrate losing a little bit of weight by ordering himself a pizza. It turns out such an act was in violation of the hospital’s diet plan, and as a result, they kicked him out. Apparently, Megalomedia, the company behind “My 600-Lb Life,” heard about the incident and contacted Assanti about appearing in one of its programs. He ended up on “My 600-Lb Life,” and the rest is reality TV history.
Steven Assanti isn’t incredibly active on social media, so it’s hard to determine how he’s doing these days. As long as he’s happy and healthy, that’s all that matters.