Christy Oldenkamp is one of two contestants featured on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss on Tuesday night.
Oldenkamp is 36 and lives in Las Vegas. Before the show started she weighed 380 pounds.
Christy is a caretaker for her ailing mother, and has been overweight her entire life.
“Growing up in Las Vegas, she experienced severe, painful bullying in school and also lacked the encouragement and support of her family to lose weight and get healthy. In elementary school, a distraught Christy attempted suicide by riding her bike into oncoming traffic and was hit by a pickup truck,” according to ABC.
“Now, a caretaker to her ailing mother, Christy doesn’t have a job or a boyfriend, and rarely leaves her house at all. Hoping to re-take control of her life, she wrote a letter to Chris asking for help.”
Christy when she’s upset with Chris for “bullying” her. (ABC)
Christy when she was younger. (ABC)
The network revealed that either Christy, or the other contestant featured, Kenny, will not make it to weigh-in because Chris kicks them out of the program.
The preview makes it appear to be Kenny but it could be Christy, who is accused of cheating by Heidi Powell, but denies it.
“It hurts,” she says later, riding an exercise machine, as seen in the preview. “It’s supposed to hurt,” Chris says. “Make it go away.”
“You’re not going to bully me, Chris!” she shouts at him, beginning to tear up in frustration. She adds later, “I’m furious, I want to get up and walk away, that’s how mad I am.”
Christy shares her thoughts on life on her blog, which is titled Las Vegas Christy. “This is the sad but true date in the life experiences of a mid 30’s not size zero woman who has yet to find her mate … blog,” the description says. On the top of the page is the line “How much does love weigh?”