Biggest Loser Contestants Reap Big Health Gains

Friday, May 25, 2012 8:50 am EDT

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PHILADELPHIA
"Through each Biggest Loser season we learned, anecdotally and with on-going checkups, that in addition to losing all that weight, our participants were receiving substantial health benefits"

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Participants in the NBC reality program “The Biggest Loser,” who undergo an intensive, exercise-based weight loss regimen, not only benefit from significant body weight reduction but also are rewarded with substantial and rapid recovery from serious health conditions, according to a new study being presented today at the 21st Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) in Philadelphia May 23-27.

In a pioneering study Dr. Robert Huizenga, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and medical advisor to “The Biggest Loser,” analyzed health-related data including indicators for pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) from each contestant on the program’s seasons 11, 12 and 13 between May 2011 and March 2012. All contestants follow a weight loss program including four hours of daily exercise (one hour intense resistance training, one hour intense aerobic activity and two hours of moderate aerobic activity), as well as a moderate limitation of caloric intake. Dr. Huizenga found that this regimen virtually “reversed” diagnostic criteria for pre-diabetes, diabetes and hypertension by just the fifth week, despite the discontinuation of numerous related medications. At the conclusion of the 24-week program, diabetes indicators improved further while blood pressure remained stable at healthy levels.

“Through each Biggest Loser season we learned, anecdotally and with on-going checkups, that in addition to losing all that weight, our participants were receiving substantial health benefits,” stated Dr. Huizenga. “What this study did was bring all the results together into one comprehensive evaluation with very specific data. The results were astonishing, almost miraculous. Our participants were becoming significantly healthier metabolically.”

Dr. Huizenga believes that the study indicates that this type of program should be the first choice for anyone who is morbidly obese (Body Mass Index over 40) and who wants to lose weight and restore their health and well-being.

“We backed into a better mousetrap. It’s very gratifying to see this weight loss formula of intensive exercise actually also lead to a reversal of disease conditions,” Dr. Huizenga concludes. “It’s not easy, but it also isn’t invasive surgery with all of its inherent potential risks. This approach needs to be studied further, but the results so far are exhilarating.”

Dr. Huizenga will be providing an oral presentation of his study on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the 21st Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) in Philadelphia.

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The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)

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