There was a time when viewers of History Channel’s American Pickers were quite worried about one of the show’s cast members. Who was the member, you ask? Well, it was Frank Fritz. Why were people worried, you ask? Well, Frank Fritz lost a very noticeable amount of bodyweight all of a sudden. So, the viewers very pretty concerned if he had been undergoing certain health issues that they didn’t know of.
Frank Fritz’s Bio, Family
Frank Fritz was born on October 11, 1965, as a Libra for his zodiac sign. He was raised by his parents, Bill Fritz and Susan Zirbes, in Mound Street in Davenport, Iowa.
His mother, Susan, worked for a construction company. After separating from his father, Frank’s mother got married for the second time, to Richard ‘Dick’ Zirbes, a tire salesman living in Bettendorf.
Frank’s father, Bill, on the other hand, never had a close relationship with the family. Nevertheless, their relationship showed some visible improvement in the show.
Frank Fritz’s Weight Loss
Standing at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 meters), Frank went through the most noticeable weight loss in 2013. Due to the noticeable difference in his weight and his overall appearance, fans been curious about the reason behind such change.
Sadly, Frank’s fluctuating weight is the cause of Crohn’s disease. He has been suffering from the said chronic inflammatory bowel disease for more than 30 years. He only opened up about this after Season 9 finale of the show. “A lot of you have been wondering about my health and my weight loss. I have an illness called Crohn’s (disease), which at times is difficult to deal with,” he wrote on Facebook on August 17, 2013.
The symptoms of his disease include diarrhea, bloody stool, abdominal pain, and reduced appetite.
“I started losing weight and ran with it! I have been exercising and eating good… Thanks for all of your kind words of concern! I couldn’t do what I do without all of you!” - Frank Fritz on Facebook
Despite the trouble, Frank also hopes to inspire and motivate those who suffer from the same disease and feel limited to participating in society.
“I’m trying to show people that regardless of the adversities… and the social situations, the awkwardness, accidents, that you can live a productive life.” - Frank Fitz on Quad-City Times