A pair of identical twins from Vancouver were the focus of the Season 5 opening episode of the TLC series, “My 600-Lb. Life.” The episode premiered last week and airs again tonight.
In it, we see twins Brandi and Kandi, who weigh 575 lbs. and 604 lbs., respectively, struggling with their addiction to food, and making the decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery.
The opening episode fills in some of the backstory for Brandi and Kandi, who were 29 at the time of filming last year. The twins grew up in a deeply dysfunctional household, with parents who had their own issues.
As adults, they learned to rely on each other, but their mutual dependence becomes cause for concern when, for the sake of their health, the twins finally travel to Houston to see Dr. Younan Nowzaradan to explore gastric bypass surgery.
According to TLC, the Season 5 debut of “My 600-Lb. Life” on Jan. 4 was a ratings success, helping make TLC the No. 1 cable network with women for the night. In a press release, the channel said:
“TLC ushered in 2017 with record ratings for its January 4th Wednesday night lineup ranking as #1 cable network in prime among all women (W25-54/18-49/18-34). The season debut of MY 600LB LIFE was #1 in its 8-10pm time period with all key women demos and averaged 1.8M P2+ viewers.”