The My 600-lb Life episode “Destinee’s Story” tells the story of Destinee Lashaee. She’s dealing with the psychological problems associated with obesity and being transgender. The 27-year-old (who was born Matthew) says she can’t believe her current life, “I just lay here all day and wait for food.” She rarely sees family and friends – they must come to her. Her saving graces are her mom and sister who help around the house (which is immaculate) and feed her (unfortunately they serve fried chicken and macaroni and cheese). There are a number of things that set Destinee’s story apart from the others including the tidiness of her home (most families are too overwhelmed with taking care of the obese member in the family to keep up on housekeeping) and the other is Destinee’s fingernails. They are perfectly manicured: she has her long “stiletto sharp” pointy fingernails painted a bright glossy red.
Destinee knows she’s at “a breaking point” and needs to get help. “I feel like all that I’m doing is trying to escape my depression, and pain at this point.” That’s why she’s making the journey to Houston, Texas to see gastric bypass surgeon Dr. Younan Nowzaradan. Another advantage Destinee has is her mobility. Many patients who show up at Dr. Now’s office can’t stand on their own — let alone walk. She’s going to need to lose a lot of weight not just to save her life but also if she wants to pursue sex reassignment surgery in the future. New episodes of My 600-lb Life airs Wednesdays at 8 pm on TLC. [Related: ‘My 600-lb Life’: Chay Now A Transgender Woman, Lola]