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STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 TUESDAY 21 APRIL 2008 THE BIGGEST LOSER The Biggest Loser is a new daytime show on ITV 1 where each weekday Kate Garraway follows the progress of 16 seriously overweight contestants competing to change their lives forever. The Biggest Loser challenges the 16 contestants to undergo dramatic physical change without any kind of surgery – just sheer sweat and hard work. The contestants weigh from 15 stone to an incredible 28 stone and are made up of eight couples, including combinations of mums and daughters, best friends, dad and son, husband and wife, sisters and two single men who’ve never met before. For eight weeks they live together in a house in Leicestershire where they face intense physical challenges and exercises in a battle to lose weight, transform their bodies, their health and, ultimately, their lives. Help comes in the form of two amazing trainers, Angie Dowds and Richard Callender. Each week Angie and Richard must put the contestants through a gruelling weight loss programme, which includes a split of three hours of cardio a day and two hours of resistance training. Their fitness programme and gym visits are in preparation for the all important weekly ‘Weigh In’ where Kate reveals just how well they have all done. At this stage the two couples who have lost the least amount of weight are put up for elimination and the remaining contestants must vote out the couple that they want to leave the house. After four weeks the teams’ change and the competition intensifies when the remaining pairs are divided into two teams – Black and Blue. The contestants’ individual weight loss forms part of their teams’ total weight loss. The team with the lowest percentage faces elimination with each member of the losing team voting on whom they want to be eliminated. As well as the overall weight loss, the contestants must endure tough challenges which see them face a range of tasks including: pulling themselves along on rafts in a swimming pool, tobogganing down a snow slope and then race up it, returning to an old-school sports lesson, digging strawberry plants on a farm, running with hay bales, pumping a hand cart down a quarter of a mile track on an old steam railway, building and climbing on top of a tower of milk crates, pulling a 7 ½ tonne truck and then facing the final challenge of completing a triathlon under the expert supervision of Darren Campbell, Jamie Staff and Mark Foster. Contestants are also wickedly enticed by a series of temptation challenges to see if they have found a new born strength to resist what has previously helped them pile on the pounds. During their time on the show they must adhere to the rules of the house, which clearly state no alcohol, cigarettes or food not supplied by the approved nutritionist. They are only allowed books and music as entertainment and there is no television, newspapers or indeed any contact without the outside world. At the end of the gruelling eight weeks the remaining contestants are weighed and the finalists chosen. They are then sent home where they must continue training and maintaining their new lifestyle. Two months later they are brought back for the final weigh in and the contestant who has battled the bulge the best will win a cash prize of £10,000 and the title of The Biggest Loser. Kate Garraway said: “On top of the cash prize for the winner, the real reward is the life-changing - and maybe even life saving - achievement of finally reaching their goal weight. “Every contestant has a different reason for wanting to take part, some are longing to have a baby, but their weight is preventing them, some are looking for love and others have been told that if they don't shed the pounds they could die, so for them the show really is a last chance, literally a matter of life and death. I have been so moved and often completely inspired by many of the contestant’s stories and I know people watching at home will be gripped too." For further information please contact Sally Skinner at ITV1 Press Office on email@example.com or Louise Plank on firstname.lastname@example.org For Pictures please contact Peter Gray on email@example.com THE BIGGEST LOSER - CONTESTANT BIOGS Carol and Katey Relationship: Mother and daughter From: Liverpool Age: Carol is 45 and Katey is 21. Weight: Carol is 15 stone 11lbs. Katey is 22 stone 3lbs. Occupation: Carol is a researcher and Katey is a trainee teacher. Motivation: Carol wants to lose weight for herself primarily, and then for Katey, to inspire her. She feels like she’s let her daughter down. Katey has been overweight for as long as she can remember. Her weight gain was triggered by bullying at school. She used to have footprints on her skirt when she came home from people kicking her. Katey says: “Every day’s a battle with myself, I hate looking in the mirror. It’s horrible being the way I am. I don’t think anyone knows how bad it is for me. Who wants to weigh more than their age? “I have a lot of dreams that I want to fulfil that I can’t do like travelling round the world, it’s hard to fit in a plane. That’s my main goal really.” Carol says: “I’m nearly 46 and I feel that if I don’t lose it now, I’m never going to lose it. I want to live. I have a great life, I’m really happy and well loved and I want that to continue. I want to grow old with my husband and I want to see my kids have my grand kids and be around for them. That’s not going to happen while I’m so fat.” Lisa Marie and Raz Relationship: Mother and daughter From: Plymouth Age: Lisa Marie is 22 years old. Raz is 45 years old. Weight: Lisa Marie weighs 25 stone 10lbs. Raz weighs 15 stone 1lb. Occupation: Lisa Marie and Raz are petrol station cashiers. Motivation: Lisa Marie was advised by her doctor that she could die within a year because of her weight. Raz wants to lose weight primarily to help her daughter. Lisa Marie says: “I got told that if I didn’t do something about my weight that I could die. I’ve always said that I needed a boot camp. I’m fed up, it’s now or never. “I want to go on holiday and not be worried about asking for an extension to the seat belt for the plane. I get taxi’s everywhere so I don’t have to sit on a bus because the seats aren’t big enough. This is my last chance. I just want to be able to be what everyone calls normal.” Raz says: “I’m doing this to help Lisa and I want to do it for myself. Next year myself and my husband are renewing our wedding vows because we’ve been married 25 years and I don’t want to wear fat clothes. I’m looking forward to getting to wear a pair of heels again. “I’ve got a granddaughter now, she’s two nearly and she’s running around. I want to be able to say let’s go to the park and to be around when my kids are old, to see them grow up and get married.” Jennifer and Sadie Relationship: Mother and daughter From: Nottingham Age: Jennifer is 45 years old. Sadie is 21 years old. Weight: Jennifer weighs 23 stone 5lbs. Sadie weighs 21 stone 5lbs. Occupation: Jennifer is a part time student and social worker. Sadie is a recent graduate. Motivation: Jennifer wants to inspire her daughter and doesn’t want her to have the battle with her weight that she’s had. Sadie says: “I don’t want to die fat. I want to get healthy quickly and I figure if I don’t do it now while I’m 21, it will be a lot harder. I’ve never been mature and a healthy size. Since I was five I’ve been putting on weight steadily. That was the last time I weighed the right weight for my height. I want to know what it’s like to be a woman and healthy.” Jennifer says: “I’m doing this because I want to support my daughter. I’ve been on every diet you can mention and I’ve always slowly regained the weight that I’ve lost. I don’t want Sadie to go through that. I want her to know how to get rid of it and keep it off. I also have a little boy who is seven and is autistic. He has enough challenges in life without having to worry and I want to set the right example for him. I want to be able to play football with him.” Jamie and David Relationship: Father and son From: Luton Age: David is 49 years old. Jamie is 22 years old. Weight: David weighs 23 stone 3lbs. Jamie weighs 28 stone 8lbs. Occupation: David is a full-time carer and Jamie is unemployed. Motivation: Jamie has put on 10 stone in four years and wants to lose weight to become a better person. David is a full-time carer for his wife who has a respiratory disease. He’s doing Biggest Loser to help his son lose weight. David says: “The main reason for doing the show was to get my son to lose weight to prove to him that if I could do it, he could do it. No parent wants to bury their child. If he stays this weight he will have a heart attack. “I’m doing it for my wife as well – she’s just come out of hospital, she was gasping for breath but she still told us we had to come and do this.” Jamie says: “I want to lose the weight and build up my self confidence. If I did lose the weight one of the things I want to do is marry my other half who I’ve been with for four-and-a-half years. I want to have children but I can’t do that at the moment because I’m 28 stone. I want to lose ten stone at least.” Eunice and Miriam Relationship: Sisters From: Eunice is from Banbury. Miriam lives in Bristol. Age: Eunice is 34 years old. Miriam is 31 years old. Weight: Eunice weighs 23 stone 8lbs. Miriam weighs 15 stone 2lbs. Occupation: Eunice is a Pharmacy Technician and Miriam is an HR Manager. Motivation: Eunice is too heavy to have children which she desperately wants to do. Miriam is doing this for her own self-confidence but primarily to help her sister. Eunice says: “I’m doing this for myself because I’m very, very heavy, but also for my husband because he wants to start a family. I have a specific reason in that I’ve been refused fertility treatment on the NHS unless I drop five stone. But I want to lose more than half my body weight ultimately but my target at the moment is five stone. With this place or not, I’ll do it – this is just the start.” Miriam says: “I’m doing this firstly for my sister, secondly for me and my self confidence. I’m looking forward to seeing my thighs reduce but I’m dreading the trainers. I’m terrified.” Rick and Michelle Relationship: Husband and wife From: York but work in Spain. Age: Rick is 43 years old. Michelle is 30 years old. Weight: Rick weighs 21 stone 5lbs. Michelle weighs 16 stone 3lbs. Occupations: Rick is a stage hypnotist in Spain. Michelle is a photographer. Motivation: They have been married for ten years and Michelle wants children but Rick has a low sperm count so they can’t conceive. He knows his weight is the cause. Doctors have told them they need to lose at least 10% of their body weight to conceive. Rick says: “Obviously for health issues but my main reason originally is I do a lot of Scuba diving and I hate being out of breath when I get out off the boat. I’m looking forward to getting into my dive suit without spending half an hour on the quay side to pull it on because it’s too tight. “Also we’re trying for children and if I lose weight it’s going to help increase our chances of having a child.” Michelle says: “We’re doing this obviously for ourselves and also we want to have children. I’m looking forward to losing the weight.” Michaela and Maria Relationship: Best friends for 16 years From: Essex Age: Michaela is 38 years old. Maria is 44 years old. Weight: Michaela weighs 15 stone 9lbs. Maria weighs 15 stone 11lbs. Occupation: Michaela is Managing Director of a golfing publication and Maria is a housewife. Motivation: They both want to lose weight to feel healthier and enjoy a fuller life. Maria says: “I wanted to get these experts to help me. My weight has gone up and down and I just feel here I can focus 100% on myself and not on my family and I feel that I can achieve it here. I don’t really exercise. I’m absolutely terrified of working with the trainers.” Michaela says: “I want to be able to buy a lot nicer clothes. I want to be able to buy all the modern things. We have to go to the outsize shops and they tend to be really frumpy. I have to go to America to get my clothes. There’s just nothing over here. “I’m so fussy with my food. I don’t eat salad or vegetables. All I eat is chips and roast potatoes, Chinese or Indian. I would rather pick throughout the day than have a dinner.” Kevin and Mark Relationship: Strangers before the show From: Kevin is from South London. Mark is from Hull. Age: Kevin is 35 years old. Mark is 40 years old. Occupation: Kevin is a mobile DJ and Mark is an HGV Driver. Weight: Kevin weighs 23 stone 8lbs. Mark weighs 25 stone 13lbs. Motivation: Kevin has an autistic son and wants to lose weight to be around for as long as possible to look after him. Mark is looking for love. Mark says: “I’ve recently turned 40 and I’ve been overweight most of my adult life and it’s time for a change. I’m single and I’d really like to settle down with a family. I think that until I get my weight under control and find some happiness within myself, I won’t find happiness with anyone else. To me it’s like a life changing thing that I’m going through and I’m completely changing my life in every aspect. I’m becoming a new person and hopefully being in Biggest Loser will give me the tools and the knowledge I need to take this back home with me and live my life in a healthy way and live life to the full.” Kevin says: “My son’s autistic and he’s 11 years old. The main reasons I want to do this is I want to be around for a long time for my son and I don’t know how long I’m going to have to care for him. I know the job I’ve got to do and I know the reason I’m doing it.” THE TRAINERS ANGIE DOWDS Angie discovered her passion for training over fifteen years ago and committed herself to becoming a personal trainer of the highest standard. Since then she has consistently been building and adding to her repertoire of training methods, knowledge of nutrition and even mind coaching in order to keep herself in the best shape and deliver the highest standard of health and fitness to her clients. Angie is the Personal Training Advisor to Fitness First, the largest health chain in the world, and is part of their expert panel, along with Dr Hilary Jones. Angie is an innovative trainer, who has studied with the best international coaches, in order to bring cutting edge training concepts into the UK. Her unique training system is about using your body in a functional dynamic way. Angie pioneered the kettlebell movement in the UK and now has a nationally accredited REPS endorsed certification course that trains other trainers. She is also now running tailor made kettlebell courses for the Military and Special ops and for world-class athletes. Her clients range from top athletes, celebrities, the RAF, footballers, city workers, housewives, the young people and those challenged by obesity. Angie is on a mission to inspire the nation to fitness, proving with her no nonsense approach that she can teach anyone how to train effectively and get transformational results. Her enthusiasm and passion for health and fitness is contagious, motivating people not only to change their bodies, but also to change their lives. Angie's philosophy is not just about having a beautiful body it's about having a beautiful body that works! With her motto ‘Never Give Up’’ and her “no- nonsense, get the job done” approach, Angie has been an inspiration to all those she has worked with. Angie worked on the two previous series of Biggest Loser which were broadcast on Living TV, where she was personal trainer to the first female winner in the programme’s global history, Jodie Prenger, and helped her to lose a total of 9 ½ stone. Richard Callender Richard Callender has been a fitness trainer for 15 years and has a competitive athletic background. He became one of the youngest General Managers to run a health club in the UK, and it led to him moving through the ranks of regional management to eventually becoming Managing Director of Urban Funk Ltd - the hiphop dance company. He has worked with numerous people over the years both as a personal trainer and choreographer. This together with his background and love of fitness and dance led him to choreograph and present the highly successful Jordan Workout alongside Katie Price in 2005. It went on to become one of the biggest selling fitness DVDs of the year. He then worked with Vicky Entwistle (Coronation Street) in 2006 on the No.1 selling WOW Workout DVD which sold in excess of 220,000 copies and still features in charts today. Before starting filming with The Biggest Loser, Richard presented 2008’s Dancing on Ice: Dancercise fitness DVD produced for ITV. Richard maintains his personal training business and Urban Funk alongside his television work.
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