Let me make a confession: out of the nine previous seasons of THE BIGGEST LOSER I have seen only a handful of episodes, and never a premiere. Season ten's first episode was a revelation. I never put any thought as to how they selected the contestants. This season it was about paying it forward so this season they're heading to seven different cities from around the US to pick their contestants.
First stop Detroit. Obesity has surpassed smoking as the leading cause of death. For the first time since the Civil War the life expectancy rate is falling. Florence and the Machine plays over Bob's workout routine in Detroit. Three people from the crowd gathered will be gathered as potential contestants. Jesse, Sophia and Aaron are the chosen three. Jesse weighs a grand total of 369 pounds. Sophia's weight comes from her brother Edwin who died in a car accident. The trauma has sent her into a downward spiral. Sophia weighs in at 272 pounds. Aaron picked up the addictive traits of alcoholism from his father and applied it to food. He does not want to embarrass his son the way his father embarrassed him. His starting weight even issued a gasp from the audience. His starting weight is 468 pounds. The next time you guys see me, he says, I'll have a six pack.
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