For more than a decade, contestants on The Biggest Loser have transformed their bodies – and bared their souls – for TV audiences. In season after season, they’ve competed to lose weight through a combination of diet, exercise, therapy and sheer willpower, with phenomenal results. But once the cameras stop rolling, can these weight loss celebrities keep the weight off?
Kevin Hall is a scientist who sought to find out, so for up to six years after Biggest Loser Season 8 ended, he followed its contestants, measuring their progress. What he found was that their experiences on the reality show did not ultimately end well.