The Biggest Loser

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The Biggest Loser is a reality television show which started in the U.S. in 2004. The show centers on overweight contestants attempting to lose the most weight to fight for a cash prize. There are different variations of The Biggest Loser around the world. Each country has made its own adaptation to the show; however, the contestants always have the same goal: to lose the highest percentage of weight (or most weight) to become the Biggest Loser.

The Biggest Loser series

Region/countryLocal nameNetwork (Broadcaster)The Biggest Loser series winnersMain presenter (host)Prize
AsiaThe Biggest Loser AsiaDiva Universal (Asia)

Season 1, 2009: Indonesia David Gurnani
Season 2, 2010: Singapore Raj Devaraj

Sarimah Ibrahim (season 1)
Marion Caunter (season 2)

US $100,000
Arab League Arab worldالرابح الأكبر
Ar Rabeh ElAkbar
MBC1

Season 1, 2006: Jordan Abdullah Hammad
Season 2, 2007: United Arab Emirates Walead hemayed
Season 3, 2008: Lebanon Mohammad Mazboudi
Season 4, 2009: Egypt Karim Abdullah

Carolina de Oliveira (Season 1–4)SR 250,000
Australia AustraliaThe Biggest LoserNetwork Ten

Season 1, 2006: Adro Sarnelli
Season 2, 2007: Chris Garling
Season 3, 2008: Sam Rouen
Season 4, 2009: Bob Herdsman
Season 5, 2010: Lisa Hose
Season 6, 2011: Emma Duncan
Season 7, 2012: Margie Cummins
Season 8, 2013: Upcoming season

Ajay Rochester (Seasons 1–4)
Hayley Lewis (Season 5–)
A$250,000
Brazil BrazilO Grande PerdedorSBTSeason 1, 2005: Andreia DutraSilvio Santos (Season 1)R$ 300,000
Quem Perde GanhaSeason 2, 2007: Reginaldo de SouzaLígia Mendes (Season 2)R$ 200,000
Brunei BruneiThe Biggest Loser BruneiBNC Network HD

Season 1, 2010: Ahmad Ali Azizul
Season 2, 2011: Muhammad Zahin
Season 3, 2012: Current Season

Stacy Sandra (Season 1–Present)B$ 250,000
Finland FinlandSuurin pudottajaMTV3

Season 1, 2006: Hardy Dieter
Season 2, 2007: Virpi Heikkilä
Season 3, 2009: Kaisu Romppainen

Eeva Jaakonmaa
Sini Rantanen
Heidi Suomi

€ 25,000
Germany GermanyThe Biggest Loser GermanyProSiebenSeason 1, 2009: Enrico ProbaKatarina Witt (Season 1)€ 100,000
Kabel Eins

Season 2, 2010: Daniel Heino
Season 3, 2011: Carlo Werner

Regina Halmich (Seasons 2–3)€25,000
Sat.1

Season 4, 2012: Helmut "Jack" Handl
Season 5, 2013: Upcoming Season

Christine Theiss (Season 4)€50,000
Hungary HungaryA Nagy FogyásTV2Season 1, 2007: István FerencsikGabriella Jakupcsek (Season 1)
India IndiaBiggest Loser JeetegaSahara One

Season 1, 2007: Sandeep Sachdev

Suniel Shetty (Season 1)
Republic of Ireland IrelandOperation: TransformationRTE OneGerry Ryan (2008-2010)
Kathryn Thomas (2011-present)
Israel Israelלרדת בגדול
Laredet Begadol
Channel 10

Season 1, 2006: Liron
Season 2: Tsvika
Season 3: Avi
Season 4, 2011: Karen

Tzipi Shavit₪ 250,000
Latvia LatviaXXLTV32007–2008Zane Vaļicka, Raivis Vidzis, Aivars Visockis10,000 Ls
Mexico Mexico¿Cuánto quieres perder?TelevisaSeason 1, 2008: Ignacio Mestas, "Nacho"Galilea Montijo (Season 1)MX$ 1,500,000
Netherlands NetherlandsDe AfvallersSBS 6

Season 1, 2005: Daan & Irma Steenkamp
Season 2, 2006: Bert & Gretel
Season 3, 2006: Marco & Suzy Niels van Boxtel
Season 4, 2007: Mark Dakriet
Season 5, 2007: Nijmeijers Family
Season 6, 2011: Unknown

Marlayne Sahupala (Seasons 1–5)Trip to:

Brazil Brazil (Seasons 1–2)
South Africa South Africa (Season 3)
Unknown (Seasons 4–5)

Philippines PhilippinesThe Biggest Loser: Pinoy EditionABS-CBN

Season 1, 2011: Larry Martin
Season 2, 2012: Upcoming Season

Sharon Cuneta (Season 1)
Iza Calzado (Season 2)
PhP 1,000,000
Poland PolandCo masz do stracenia?TV PulsSeason 1, 2008: JaroslawMałgorzata Ostrowska-Królikowska (Season 1)zł 100,000
Portugal PortugalPeso PesadoSIC

Season 1, 2011: Fábio
Season 2, 2011: Marco

Júlia Pinheiro (Season 1)

Bárbara Guimarães (Season 2)

€ 50,000
Puerto Rico Puerto RicoTransformación Total[1]WAPA-TV

Season 1, 2010: Vivian V. Rodríguez[2]
Season 2, 2011: Ángel “Joel” Díaz[3]

Zuleyka Rivera (Season 1)

Katiria Soto (Season 2)

$50, 000
Romania RomaniaMarele câștigătorAntena 1Season 1, 2010: Grațian StanDaiana Anghel (Season 1)
€25,000
DenmarkNorwaySweden ScandinaviaBiggest LoserKanal 5Season 1, 2005: UnknownMartin Björk (Season 1)kr 500,000
Slovakia SlovakiaSuperTeloSTVSeason 1: UnknownIveta Malachovskásk 1,000,000
South Africa South Africa [4]The Biggest Loser South AfricaE.tvSeason 1, 2008: Sharon HaarhoffJasmyn Asvat (Season 1)R 260,000
Spain Spain [5]La BásculaCanal Sur

Season 1: Upcoming Season

Enrique Sánchez (Season 1)€ Unknown
Sweden Sweden [6]Biggest Loser SverigeTV4

Season 1, 2010: Karl Fredrik Jonsson

Jessica Almenäs (Season 1)250.000 kr
Turkey Turkey [7]Yeni Bir Hayat [8]Star TVSezon 1, 2012: Hakan Aktürk [8]Ebru Akel250,000 TL
Ukraine Ukraine [9]Зважені та щасливі
Zvazheni ta schaslyvi
STBSeason 1, 2011: Mykola Voroshnov
Season 2, 2012: Alik Zakrevskyi
Lybava Greshnova (Season 1)
Olesya Jurakivska (Season 2)
UAH 250,000
United Kingdom United KingdomThe Biggest LoserLiving

Series 1, 2005: Aaron Howlett
Series 2, 2006: Jodie Prenger

Vicki Butler-Henderson (Series 1–2)£25,000
ITV

Series 3, 2009: Kevin Sage
Series 4, 2011: Will Graham
Series 5, 2012: Kevin McLernon

Kate Garraway (Series 3)
Davina McCall (Series 4–present)
£10,000 (2009)
£25,000 (2011–present)
United States United StatesThe Biggest LoserNBC

Season 1, 2004: Ryan Benson
Season 2, 2005: Matt Hoover
Season 3, 2006: Erik Chopin
Season 4, 2007: Bill Germanakos
Season 5, 2008: Ali Vincent
Season 6, 2008: Michelle Aguilar
Season 7, 2009: Helen Phillips
Season 8, 2009: Danny Cahill
Season 9, 2010: Michael Ventrella
Season 10, 2010: Patrick House
Season 11, 2011: Olivia Ward
Season 12, 2011: John Rhode
Season 13, 2012: Jeremy Britt
Season 14, 2013: Current season

Caroline Rhea (Seasons 1–3)
Alison Sweeney (Season 4–)
US$250,000
Dale con GanasUnivisionSeason 1, 2012: Dieter GoldschmidtAlfonso de Anda (Season 1–present)US$100,000

Other media

The Biggest Loser RunWalk is the official race series of The Biggest Loser.[10] Dan and Jackie Evans from Season Five are the national spokespeople.

The Biggest Loser is a video game for Wii and Nintendo DS. It was released in North America on October 6, 2009 and Europe on November 13, 2009.

The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout is a video game for Xbox 360 which uses its Kinect camera.[11] Developed by Blitz Games and published by THQ, it was released in North America on November 4, 2010 and Europe on November 10, 2010.

The Biggest Loser: Challenge is a video game for Wii released on November 4, 2010 in North America and November 12, 2010 in Europe.

There have been 74 winners of The Biggest Loser worldwide, with the most recent being Margie Cummins from Australia. Danny Cahill from The Biggest Loser U.S Season 8 holds the record for the world's biggest loser, shedding a staggering 55.6% of his body weight with Season 7 Winner Helen Philips not far behind with 54% of weight lost. Jodie Prenger from the UK became the world's first female Biggest Loser, losing 119 with a total percentage loss of 46.85% of her body weight.

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