Dominic Hernandez, 37, weighs 672 pounds and is living out of a van with his brother James, 41, in California. Dominic is the subject of tonight’s March 25 episode of My 600 Lb Life, which airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on TLC. The episode will follow the homeless brothers they as leave California to seek out the help of celebrity bariatric surgeon Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, in order to shed some weight and regain control of their lives.
The TLC description of Season 8 Episode 13, titled “Dominic’s Story,” reads, “Dominic’s life is falling apart due to his food addiction. At over 600-lbs, living in a van with his brother, Dominic decides to leave California for Texas, where only Dr. Now can help him learn to face life’s challenges without using food to cope.” The episode focuses on Dominic’s weight loss journey, while his brother is there for support.
Here’s what we know about the reality star and his journey ahead of the new episode. (Warning: some spoilers on Dominic’s story ahead! Turn back now if you don’t want anything ruined for you before the episode airs!)
Dominic Started Turning to Food When His Father Left & His Food Addiction Worsened After He Was Sexually Abused
Homeless and living in a van, Dominic and his brother face unique challenges when it comes to their weight-loss goals. Follow their story tonight at 8/7c on #My600lbLife. pic.twitter.com/eNP9TsKGdU
— TLC Network (@TLC) March 25, 2020
When we first meet Dominic and his brother, the reality star explains that he and James became homeless shortly after their mother passed away a few years ago and they lost possession of her house.
Dominic also discusses his childhood, and the events that led to his dependency on food. According to Dominic, he and James had a great childhood, up until he was 9 years old and their father left. He turned to food to cope with his fathers’s absence, and when his mother started leaving the boys with a family member while she worked, Dominic was sexually abused, which deepened his food addiction.
“No one wants to be the big kid in high school,” Dominic says during the March 25 episode. “So I tried to control my eating some, but I never really could.” According to the star, by the time he was 14 years old, he weighed over 300 pounds, and he …read more