10:41 AM EDT 08/26/2015
The Biggest Loser
Originally posted 01/22/2015 12:00PM
This isn't the first time The Biggest Loser has come under fire. But this time, the show's producers are fighting back.
"It's been hard to sit back and listen to an attack and not come out and call afoul, but I have done that for many years," the show's co-creator and executive producer Dave Broome tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I've held back for many years on this because I didn't want to give it any credence or credibility. But I think at this point we just feel like there needs to be a balance with this story."
The "story" Broome is referring to stems from comments made recently by Kai Hibbard, who was a contestant on the third season of the NBC weight-loss reality competition.
"The whole f–ing show is a fat-shaming disaster that I'm embarrassed to have participated in," Hibbard told the New York Post on Sunday. "You're brainwashed to believe that you're super lucky to be there."
Originally posted 01/15/2015 11:15AM
The Biggest Loser is known for having its fair share of tears and sweat every season, but there's apparently also time for laughter.
"This is for the DVD extras – the Blu-ray special," Biggest Loser: Glory Days contestant Toma Dobrosavljevic, 33, says as he is pet by trainer Dolvett Quince in the video above, exclusively released to PEOPLE.
Originally posted 01/11/2015 01:55PM
The star trainer's program includes intense workouts, all 35 minutes or less
Originally posted 12/09/2014 09:30AM
When Rachel Frederickson's 5'4" frame weighed in at a scant 105 lbs. at The Biggest Loser finale in February, the voiceover artist from Minnesota faced a barrage of critics accusing her of an eating disorder.
Even trainer Bob Harper admitted that he was "stunned" by her weight loss.
As one of the Today show's "2014 Voices," Frederickson penned a revealing blog post in which she opens up about how "hurtful" the negative comments were, and how they reminded her of what landed her at the Biggest Loser Ranch in the first place.
Originally posted 12/06/2014 01:35PM
Damien Gurganious planned to take his wife out for Peruvian food and a movie once he got out of the hospital after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease last month.
Instead, on Nov. 24, "he passed away on my birthday," Nicole Brewer-Gurganious, his wife and fellow Biggest Loser contestant, tells PEOPLE. He leaves behind their 2-year-old daughter, Giselle.
"Damien had a way of making every day feel like your birthday," says Brewer-Gurganious, 44. "He loved life and treated every day as if it were a gift."
Originally posted 12/05/2014 08:40AM
Damien Gurganious, who appeared on the seventh season of The Biggest Loser, died Monday from a rare disease at the age of 38.
The Biggest Loser: Couples 2 competitor suffered from a sudden onset of a rare autoimmune disorder that caused bleeding in his brain, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Originally posted 11/17/2014 09:30AM
Weighing in at 291 lbs., Jackie Pearson wasn't the person or mother she wanted to be.
"I just felt like I was existing in the world. I was existing and hiding," the 36-year-old mom of two tells PEOPLE. "My husband was the one who took my daughter to birthday parties and to play dates. I stayed in the house."
But now that Pearson has become a contestant on season 16 of The Biggest Loser, she has lost 83 lbs. and started living the life she's always wanted.
Originally posted 11/08/2014 05:30PM
Blake Benge says she's tried every diet under the sun, but it wasn’t until she changed her outlook that she started to lose the weight.
"You name it, I tried it," the 19-year-old Biggest Loser contestant tells PEOPLE of her life spent on diets. "When I was out with my friends, I wanted to eat pizza with them and have popcorn at the movies. Then when I would come home, I would be back on a diet. It was always this flip-flop of being on a diet at home and then binge-eating when I got a little freedom."
Originally posted 11/05/2014 09:00AM
No one knows how to make an entrance like a Biggest Loser contestant.
Over the past 15 seasons, contestants on the NBC reality weight-loss competition have provided some amazing and shocking moments for the live finale. And, in honor of the show's 10 years on the air, PEOPLE has a video compilation of 10 of the most inspirational Biggest Loser success stories all in one place.
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